Rev. Robert Sirico spoke with Frank Beckmann today on Detroit-based WJR about faith and politics, emphasizing the proper role of religion in society as providing a solid moral foundation with which to approach political, social, economic decisions. Sirico also talks with the emergence of what Pope Benedict XVI refers to as the dictatorship of relativism – an idea which views the expression of religion as an impedance on liberty – and suggests an understanding of the integration between faith and politics as an integration of ideas, not as an institutional combination of politics and the church. As an example, Sirico describes our responsibility to the poor as a cultural mandate, not as a beaurocratic process as the religious left might suggest.

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