The Church and human rights. A story of the confrontation between political modernity and natural law in a book by Daniele Menozzi

Author/s Mariuccia Salvati
Publishing Year 2013 Issue 2012/268-269 Language Italian
Pages 9 P. 497-505 File size 169 KB
DOI 10.3280/IC2012-268006
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Drawing on Menozzi’s most recent work, these notes revisit the long-running confrontation opposing modernity to “natural” law since the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen up to the time when, after alternating phases of overt clash and mutual influence, by the end of the Nineteenth Century the very notion of human right came to be subordinated to the idea of national State. Following the catastrophe of WWII, the UN Declaration of Human Rights of December 1948 represented the peak of a renewed entente between novel natural law theory and integral humanism, that is between universal principles and religious imperatives. Yet this cycle came to its conclusion in the Nineties, when the restored centrality of the Church’s teachings re-established the superiority of "natural" law over human rights.

Keywords: Daniele Menozzi, modernity, natural law, integral humanism, Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Mariuccia Salvati, Chiesa e diritti umani. La storia del confronto tra modernità politica e legge naturale in un libro di Daniele Menozzi in "ITALIA CONTEMPORANEA" 268-269/2012, pp 497-505, DOI: 10.3280/IC2012-268006