Documentation

To promote its aims of education, DISCERN has established an internal specialised library for the use of its researchers. In addition it has compiled the e-library which can be consulted on this homepage.

The Institute is a non-profit organisation, funded primarily by the Archdiocese of Malta without the exclusion of other sources of funding.

The Institute for Research on the Signs of the Times organises a number of think tanks, each of which provides expertise and technical support in important areas of pastoral concern. It seeks to promote collaboration with similar bodies both national and international, especially with the University of Malta. It adheres to a policy of equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Social Teaching of the Roman Catholic Church

 

  • Au Millieu Des Sollicitudes — On the Church and State in France (1892)
  • Auspicia Quaedam — On Public Prayer for World Peace and Solution of the Problem of Palestine (1948)
  • Centesimus annus — On the Hundreth Anniversary of Rerum Novarum (John Paul II — 1991)
  • Church And Racism, The — Toward a More Fraternal Society – Contribution To World Conference Against Racism,Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.
  • Communium Interpretes Dolorarum — An Appeal for Prayers for Peace (Pius XII — 1945)
  • Concordat Between the Holy See and the German Reich — (1933)
  • Divini Redemptoris — On Atheistic Communism (Pope Pius XI — 19 Mar 1937)
  • Ecclesiam Suam — On the Church (Paul VI — 1964)
  • Familiaris Consortio — On the Family (John Paul II — 1981)
  • In Plurimism — On the Abolition of Slavery (Leo XIII — 1888)
  • In Supremo Apostolatus — Apostolic Letter Condemning the Slave Trade (Gregory XVI — 1839)
  • Laborem Exercens — On Human Work (John Paul II — 1981)
  • Le Pelerinage De Lourdes — Warning Against Materialism (Pius XII — 1957)
  • Letter to Families — (John Paul II — 1994)
  • Liberation Theology, Instruction on — (SCDF, 1984)
  • Mater Et Magistra — Christianity and Social Progress (John XXIII — 1961)
  • Mit Brennender Sorge — On the Church and the German Reich (Pius XI — 1937)
  • Non Abbiamo Bisogno — On Catholic Action in Italy (1931)
  • Pacem in Terris — Peace on Earth (John XXIII — 1963)
  • Populorum Progressio — On the Development of Peoples (Paul VI — 1967)
  • Quadragesimo Anno — On Reconstruction of the Social Order (Pope Pius XI — 15 May 1931)
  • Sublimus Dei — On slavery in the New World (1537)
  • Television and the Family — (John Paul II — 1994)
  • Tertio Mellennio Adveniente — As the Third Millennium Draws Near (John Paul II — 1994)
  • Vix Pervenit — On Usury and Other Dishonest Profit (Benedict XIV — 1745)

 

Bio-Ethical Issues

 

  • Abortion, Declaration on — (CDF, 1975)
  • Abortion and Euthanasia, Combatting — Pope John Paul II (1991)
  • Euthanasia, Declaration on — (CDF, 1980)
  • Euthanasia and Abortion, On Combatting — Pope John Paul II (1991)
  • Evangelium Vitae — On the Value and Inviolability of Human Life (John Paul II – 1995)
  • Homosexual Persons, Letter on the Pastoral Care of — (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — 1986)
  • Humanae Vitae — On the Regulation of Birth (Paul VI — 1968)
  • On Combatting Abortion and Euthanasia — Pope John Paul II (1991)
  • Persona Humana — Declaration on Sexual Ethics (CDF, 1975)
  • Sexual Ethics, Declaration on — (CDF, 1975)
  • Sexuality, The Truth and Meaning of Human — (PCF, 1996)
  • Reproductive Cloning of Human Beings — Address by Archbishop Renato Martino, the Vatican’s permanent observer at the United Nations, at a session November 19, 2001 on the “International Convention Against the Reproductive Cloning of Human Beings”.

 

Pastoral Issues

 

  • Ecclesia Dei — (John Paul II — 1988)
  • Veritatis Splendor — Splendor of Truth (Pope John Paul II — 5 October 1993)

 

Vatican Council II Documents

October 11th, 1962 – December 8th, 1965

  • Constitution on Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium) – 12/4/1963
  • Decree on Means of Social Communication (Inter Mirifica) – 12/4/1963
  • Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium) – 12/4/1963
  • Decree on the Churches of the Eastern Rite (Orientalium Ecclesiarum) – 11/21/1964
  • Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio) – 11/21/1965
  • Decree on the Pastoral Office of Bishops (Christus Dominus) – 10/28/1965
  • Decree on Renewal of Religious Life (Perfectae Caritatis) – 10/28/1965
  • Decree on Priestly Training (Optatum Totius) – 10/28/1965
  • Declaration on Christian Education (Gravissum Educationis) – 10/28/1965
  • Declaration on the Relation to Non-Christian Religions (Nostra Aetate) – 10/28/1965
  • Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum) – 11/18/1965
  • Decree on Apostolate of Laity (Apostolicam Actuositatem) – 11/18/1965
  • Declaration on Religious Freedom (Dignitatis Humanae) – 12/7/1965
  • Decree on Mission Activity of the Church (Ad Gentes), – 12/7/1965
  • Decree on Ministry of Priests (Presbyterorum Ordinis) – 12/7/1965
  • Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes) – 12/7/1965

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