Strasbourg locuta, causa finita? (Strasbourg has spoken, the case is closed?). This expression is taken from Saint Augustine’s «Roma locuta, causa finita». In Saint Augustine’s times, two councils of African bishops had requested Rome (the Apostolic See) to concur with their conclusion on a particular matter, and Rome had replied in two reports (rescripts [...]
From Norway with hate. Why was Breivik depicted as a Christian fundamentalist?
Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, went to an official visit to Norway to take «the solidarity of the Catholic Church and the solidarity of the Holy Father, in particular, to Norway at this tragic time, along with greetings for the great Feast of St Olaf, which was [...]
Benedict XVI. The last of Benedictins, the first of Thomists
Aquinas is the title of a book by John Finnis, one of the most prominent legal philosophers. It is – obviously – dedicated to Thomas Aquinas. And it – less obviously – indicates the Aquinas as one of the founder of the Modern Thought. This book let John Finnis win the Thomas Aquinas International [...]
The Green Pope, from Genesis to Kyoto
Benedict XVI, the Green Pope: this has been the name often used to call Joseph Ratzinger since he is Pope. He has paid much attention to the topic of environment since his very first speech. He wrote about it in the encyclical Caritas in veritate. He dedicated to this topic the 2010 World [...]
John Paul II. Story of a secretary and a cruet.
John Paul II will be beatified on May the 1st. It was a controversial beatification: many wanted to suspend the judgment about the beatification. Two cardinals (Angelo Sodano, former Secretay of State, and Leonardo Sandri, now Prefect of the Congregation of Oriental Churches) decided not to testify in the [...]