Why Catholic Social Teaching falls on deaf ears

“While popes and bishops preach about the duties to the poor and suffering,” says Kishore Jayabalan in this week’s Acton Commentary, “the dilemma of how to help is usually left for the laity to figure out on their own” While CST explicitly speaks of welcoming all, it implicitly recognizes that unlimited multiculturalism is not feasible. Continue Reading...

The Year in Acton Commentary 2017

Every Wednesday we publish the Acton Commentary, a weekly article that covers topics related to the mission of the Acton Institute. As 2017 comes to a close we thought it would be worth highlighting the top ten commentaries produced by Acton staffers and contributors over the past year. Continue Reading...

Totalitarian wolves against the Carpathian shepherd

“Though relatively unknown to the broader public in the West, King Michael’s life was nothing short of extraordinary,” says Mihail Neamtu in this week’s Acton Commentary. In 1927, his father left the throne to pursue a Romantic adventure with a larger than life mistress, Elena Lupescu (1895-1977). Continue Reading...

On the real meaning of Christmas

“Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall,” says Rev. Robert A. Sirico in this week’s Acton Commentary, “but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity.” In 1776, there were fewer than one billion people on Earth. Continue Reading...

Do occupational licensing laws respect human rights?

“Occupational licensing laws harm workers, as well as consumers who purchase services from professionals that require licensure,” says Tyler Bonin in this week’s Acton Commentary. “This harm is disproportionately placed on economically disadvantaged populations. Continue Reading...

The further reformation of all of life

“One of the famous formulas to come out of the Reformation era is that of semper reformanda, which means ‘always reforming,’” says Jordan Ballor in this week’s Acton Commentary. “This is a particularly appropriate topic for this observance of Reformation Day, now 500 years after Luther’s publication of the 95 Theses.” The point of departure for the Protestant Reformation was originally a somewhat limited set of topics or doctrines, particularly those related to soteriology the doctrine of salvation. Continue Reading...

Getting serious about poverty means understanding wealth

“If Christians are serious about improving the lives of the poor,” says William R. Luckey in this week’s Acton Commentary, “we must be serious about understanding the sources of wealth creation.” If a person merely gathers food to survive, there is no way that his standard of living will increase. Continue Reading...

What is ‘economic man’?

“Intellectuals are often vocal critics of capitalism. Most of them lean left politically, so it is easy to identify anti-capitalism with progressivism,” says Kishore Jayabalan in this week’s Acton Commentary. “It is therefore no coincidence that the modern welfare state has been administered by elites eager to correct supposed market failures on the way to a more egalitarian society. Continue Reading...