Rev. Ben Johnson

Rev. Ben Johnson is Senior Editor at the Acton Institute.

Posts by Rev. Ben Johnson

The Paradise Papers: A moral assessment of tax havens from Richard Teather

To hear politicians across the Atlantic tell it, the dark specter of Paradise is haunting the world. The Paradise Papers reveal precisely how wealthy individuals and corporations – including the Queen of England, U2’s sainted front man Bono, the less-than-saintly Madonna, and scores of others – have used offshore tax havens to limit their tax liability. Continue Reading...

100 years of false religion

Today – November 7, 2017 – marks the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, touching off worldwide events mourning or celebrating the event. At its centenary, Communism deserves to be remembered as the most successful false religion to take root in the West in two millennia, unparalleled in the swiftness of its destruction and unequaled in its potential to generate misery from abundance. Continue Reading...

Spain: Remembering the forgotten Red Terror

As the world remembers the hundredth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, Spain commemorates the thousands of Christians martyred by the Communists during the Spanish Red Terror. Historian Stanley G. Payne called this period the “most extensive and violent persecution of Catholicism in Western history, in some way even more intense than that of the French Revolution.” Every November 6, the Roman Catholic Church in Spain remembers those martyred for their faith by socialists during this anti-Christian persecution, which peaked at the outset of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. Continue Reading...

Make Maximilian Kolbe of Auschwitz ‘the patron saint of entrepreneurs’: Petition

Fr. Maximilian Kolbe is well-known for volunteering to die in place of another prisoner at Auschwitz. However, his history as a pioneering entrepreneur, who used the latest technology and managerial techniques to increase his ministry’s outreach, has inspired a new movement for the pope to name him “the patron saint of entrepreneurs and start-ups.” The fascinating history of how the Polish Franciscan used innovative techniques, employed the latest forms of communications, and oversaw hundreds of workers is the subject of a new essay in Religion & Liberty Transatlantic titled “Maximilian Kolbe, saint of Auschwitz and entrepreneurs?” The author, Marcin Rzegocki, notes how the missionary and martyr led his monthly evangelistic publications from a first-run print of 5,000 copies to a circulation of one million during his too-brief lifetime. Continue Reading...