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Audio: Samuel Gregg Discusses ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ on Kresta in the Afternoon

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Acton On The AirContinuing our roundup of Acton comment on Evangelii Gaudium, here’s Acton’s Director of Research and Author of Tea Party Catholic Samuel Gregg joining host Al Kresta on Ave Maria Radio’s Kresta in the Afternoon to discuss Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, with particular emphasis on its economic elements. This interview took place on Monday, December 2nd.

Tea Party Catholic

Tea Party Catholic

In Tea Party Catholic, Samuel Gregg draws upon Catholic teaching, natural law theory, and the thought of the only Catholic Signer of America's Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll of Carrollton—the first “Tea Party Catholic”—to develop a Catholic case for the values and institutions associated with the free economy, limited government, and America's experiment in ordered liberty. Beginning with the nature of freedom and human flourishing, Gregg underscores the moral and economic benefits of business and markets as well as the welfare state's problems. Gregg then addresses several related issues that divide Catholics in America. These include the demands of social justice, the role of unions, immigration, poverty, and the relationship between secularism and big government.

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  • David

    When Pope Francis used the term “unfettered capitalism,” he was obvioulsy not referring to “totally unfettered capitalism.” He was referring to the obvious tendency in today’s world to minimize regulation so that greed may advance. To critique his statement by saying that no market is totally free is simply to evade the prophetic word offered by the Pope. He seems to me to be in remarkable harmony with the one who said, “You cannot serve God and money.”