The Economic Reeducation of Pope Francis?

It may be too early to tell, says Kishore Jayabalan in this week’s Acton Commentary, but has Francis has learned something about economics from his American critics? Can we dare to say that Francis has learned something about economics from his American critics? Continue Reading...

The Bright Side of Sharia Law

Why aren’t church leaders who are so quick to condemn capitalism, asks Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky in this week’s Acton Commentary, decrying Big Government bureaucracy? The warnings of recent papal teachings on questions of social justice rarely – if ever – identify the dangers of a highly bureaucratized central government. Continue Reading...

The Francis-Trump Populist Nexus

Populism makes for strange bedfellows, says Kishore Jayabalan in this week’s Acton Commentary. “Take Pope Francis and Donald Trump, for instance. They are certainly populists of very different sorts, but there is one issue that unites them – both are harsh critics of economic globalization.” Francis does explicitly and by name what Trump does implicitly and in practice. Continue Reading...

The Moral Dimension of Work

“The world is not a parsimonious place, in spite of the dogmas of the ecologists,” says James V. Schall in this week’s Acton Commentary. Our most unsettling economic problems are actually not economic but moral—moral ones that cannot be simply passed on from generation to generation. Continue Reading...

The Real ‘Throwaway’ Culture

“Pope Francis is famous for his strident denunciations of a “throwaway culture” that ruthlessly discards human beings not considered useful in an economy that ‘kills’,” says Kishore Jayabalan in this week’s Acton Commentary. Continue Reading...

How Do We Help the Poor?

For centuries influential thinkers have claimed that economic growth will be caused by vice and distribution by greed. “Clearly, the connection between vice and growth needs to be addressed, says James V. Continue Reading...

Planned Parenthood and Unfettered Congressional Spending

“Public money is used for a multitude of things that many Americans find objectionable,” says Zack Pruitt in this week’s Acton Commentary. “When standards for congressional spending become virtually obsolete, the financial door swings wide-open for potential abuse.” Planned Parenthood receives over $500 million each year from American taxpayers, which comprises over 40 percent of its budget. Continue Reading...