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Acton Lecture Series: Economic Lessons from the Parables

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Rev. Robert A. Sirico

Earlier today, Rev. Robert A. Sirico delivered an address as a part of the 2006 Lord Acton Lecture Series entitled “The Eye of the Needle: Economic Lessons from the Parables.”

For those who were unable to attend the lecture personally, we are pleased to be able to provide the audio of today’s event in downloadable form – just click here (10 mb mp3 file).

Marc Vander Maas


  • Clare Krishan

    Disappointing – Discussing aspects of Our Lord’s choice to reflect on facets of the ‘natural world’ in his parables could have been an enthralling exercise – tying entrepreneurial “fecundity” and wealth creation to our vocation to be stewards going forth and multiplying in a culture of life, but this lecture wasn’t it. (consider “Factor Four: Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use – A Report to the Club of Rome” by Ernst U.von Weizsacker and Mr and Mrs Lovins, not published in the US yet) By glibly dismissing the gentlewoman’s query about “insider trading” Fr. Sirico missed an opportunity to provide real value. IMHO tort reform is a misguided attempt to address symptoms not the illness: class action law suits are the inevitable consequence of the need to defend personal interests by freedom of association against the ‘un-natural world’ of legal “personhood” of corporate entities, incidentally the same rights denied to human persons inside the womb. And now I’m off to mass – Ascension Thursday.