Posts by Sarah Stanley

Conference brings together Pope and corporate executives

Pope Francis receives Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, in Vatican City on Monday. Photo: Vatican press office/European Pressphoto Agency Corporate leaders are working to find common ground with the Roman Catholic Church when it comes to ethics and global business. Continue Reading...

North Korea’s H-bomb of ‘justice’

Poster released by KCNA, Jan. 31, 2003. The Korean Banner reads: “Ruthless Punishment to U.S. Imperialism.” (Korea News Service/AP Photo) North Koreans might not have food to eat this year, but their government has announced that it has successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb. Continue Reading...

Alexis de Tocqueville Vs. Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders Self-described democratic socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders is doing relatively well in the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. He recently polled at 34 percent (an increase from 30 percent in November) and, anecdotally, I passed several “Bernie” bumper-stickered cars on fairly empty roads this morning. Continue Reading...

A Catholic revolution in France

Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris Despite a decline in the number of individuals attending Mass, Catholicism in France is becoming more self-confident and, surprisingly, more orthodox. Writing for the Catholic World Report, Samuel Gregg discusses the Catholic Church in France. Continue Reading...

Is this the end of Europe?

Writing for Public Discourse, Samuel Gregg has some rather negative predictions about the European Union in a new piece titled, “The end of Europe.” Gregg begins by quoting France’s leader during World War II, General Charles de Gaulle. Continue Reading...

Report: Largest North Korean prison camp has expanded

Do Google Earth satellite images point to more grim news from inside North Korea? According to an article from United Press International (UPI), Curtis Melvin of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University noticed a substantial difference in satellite images of a North Korean prison camp from 2013 to some taken last month: [A]erial snapshots from Oct. Continue Reading...

Registration for Acton University 2016 is now open

Acton University 2015 Attendees We are now 211 days from the opening day of Acton University 2016! University.Acton.org is updated, full of brand new information, and ready to go for next year’s conference, held at The De Vos Place in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 14-17, 2016. Continue Reading...

Corruption and lack of transparency in Rome

Rome The recent “Vatileaks” scandal is almost entirely an Italian problem, according to Kishore Jayabalan, director of Istituto Acton. In a recent article for The Stream, Jayabalan describes his own experience moving to Italy and dealing with some of the corruption and problems he immediately faced, and how this culture ultimately caused the Vatileaks controversy: When I first moved [to Italy] to work for the Vatican, my boss told me the hardest part of the transfer would be finding a place to live. Continue Reading...

Religion & Liberty: Kitchen Redemption

Brandon Chrostowski demonstrates a cooking technique at Edwins Early in October, I took a trip to Cleveland to learn about Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute and its founder, Brandon Chrostowski. Edwins is the “teaching hospital” of restaurants. Continue Reading...