PowerLinks – 08.21.12

Paul Ryan’s Catholicism and the Poor Antony Davies and Kristiana Antolin, Wall Street Journal Acts coerced by government, no matter how beneficial or well-intentioned, cannot be moral. The Case for the Private Sector in School Reform Joel Klein, The Atlantic Innovative companies have improved nearly every area of public life. Continue Reading...

Catholics and Orthodox Seek Reconciliation in Poland

Photo Credit: USA TodayClick for original source. On Friday, representatives from the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches, including His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus and Metropolitan Josef Michalik, President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, signed a joint message committing to further work toward reconciliation between the Russian and Polish peoples and between the two churches. Continue Reading...

Samuel Gregg: Why Religious Liberty (and Thomas Becket) Really Matters

Acton’s Director of Research, Samuel Gregg, has authored a review of the book, “Thomas Becket: Warrior, Priest, Rebel” by John Guy. In it, Gregg notes the continuing need for vigilance regarding religious liberty: And yet as Islam’s present traumas should remind us, a religion’s capacity to make distinctions between the spiritual and temporal realms makes a difference to the more general growth of freedom. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 08.20.12

Religious Freedom Amendment on the Ballot in Florida Tim Drake, National Catholic Register Voters have opportunity to support faith-based organizations. The Freedom to Homeschool Matthew Hennessey, First Things In Spain, where my brother-in-law and his wife are raising two young boys, if you don’t send your kids to school at the age of six, you get a visit from the cops. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 08.17.12

Separation of School and State Isaac Morehouse, Values & Capitalism If you like the idea of a population that is competent in math, science, reading, writing, physics, philosophy, biology, history, economics and every other field of knowledge, you should oppose state support for education. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 08.16.12

Irony of Ironies: Vatican II Triumphs Over Moribund Modernity Samuel Gregg, Crisis Few expressions are better guaranteed to spark passionate debates among Catholics today than two words: “Vatican II.” Though most Catholics today were born after the Council closed in 1965, the fiftieth anniversary of the Council’s 1962 opening on 11 October this year will surely reignite the usual controversies about its significance. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 08.15.12

School reform gets cool Naomi Schaeffer Riley, New York Post Maggie Gyllenhaal, the ultimate hipster actress, stars in “Won’t Back Down,” an education-reform drama that hits theaters next month. When did school choice became cool? Continue Reading...

The Vocation of the Politician

This morning the online publication Ethika Politika, the journal of the Center for Morality in Public Life, published my response to a previous article by Thomas Storck on natural law and political engagement. Continue Reading...

Gregg: A Book That Changed Reality

Acton Research Director Samuel Gregg is featured in The American Spectator today with an article titled, “The Book That Changed Reality.” The piece lauds Catholic philosopher, journalist and theologian Michael Novak’s groundbreaking 1982 book, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism. Continue Reading...

Another Reason We Can’t Afford the Affordable Care Act

In addition to internal logical inconsistencies which raise serious concerns of long term economic sustainability regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), recently analyzed by John MacDhubhain, Robert Pear reports in the New York Times over the weekend how confusion over certain ambiguities in the law (ironically over the meaning of the word “affordable”) would end up hurting some of the people it is precisely designed to help: working class families. Continue Reading...