Acton Institute’s Rev. Robert A. Sirico Comments on the Election of Pope Francis

With the election of Pope Francis, the Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Rev. Robert A. Sirico released the following statement. “Pope Francis is a man of great spirituality who is known for his commitment to doctrinal orthodoxy as well as for his simplicity of life,” Rev. Continue Reading...

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Rev. Sirico: Don’t Underestimate Benedict’s Silent Influence

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What is Fair?

In their book, American Society: How It Really Works, authors Erik Wright and Joel Rogers make the case that when we talk about social injustice most Americans think in terms of some sort of material inequality that might be considered unfair and possibly remedied if our social institutions were different. Continue Reading...

The Duck Commander’s Business as Mission

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Charlie Self on Spiritual Empowerment in Work and Economics

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PowerLinks – 03.13.13

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Rev. Sirico on the First Day of Papal Conclave

The conclave to elect a new pope began today in Rome.  Guy Dinmore and Giulia Segreti from the Financial Times describe the first day: Cardinals sequestered in the Sistine chapel held their first vote to choose the 266th pope to lead the Roman Catholic church but black smoke emerging from their burnt ballot papers on Tuesday night signalled no one had secured the two-thirds majority needed for election. Continue Reading...

Byzantium Wasn’t Particularly Byzantine

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Is Homeschooling a Universal Human Right?

Last month I wrote about the Romeike family, a German family of homeschoolers that was given the choice to abandon their religious convictions or lose custody of their children. Although the family is seeking asylum in the U.S., President Obama’s Justice Department has argued that the family should be denied refugee status based on their contention that governments may legitimately use its authority to force parents to send their kids to government-sanctioned schools. Continue Reading...