Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tony Sirico introduces Robert Sirico at Acton Institute's 20th anniversary dinner

The recording of Tony Sirico introducing Fr. Robert Sirico at Acton Institute’s 20th anniversary dinner is now online.  Click here to view the introduction on Youtube.  Here’s the official description of the video:


Tony Sirico—best known for his role as Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri on HBO's The Sopranos—introduces his younger brother, Rev. Robert A. Sirico—President and Co-Founder of the Acton Institute—at the Acton Institute's 20th Anniversary Dinner at the JW Marriott Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday, November 21, 2010.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Acton Podcast: American Exceptionalism

Acton Institute has an excellent new podcast out about American Exceptionalism. Be sure to check out the official site for the podcast. Here is a brief overview:

There has been quite the uptick regarding the topic because of fears that America has lost its greatness. "America's Destiny Must Be Freedom," is a commentary I penned in June related to that fear, as well as an overview of America's freedom narrative. I also hosted an Acton on Tap on American Exceptionalism last August. I addressed the history of the theological roots, the different strains of thought related to American Exceptionalism, and the debate today.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Tea Party Movement and Catholic Social Teaching

The Acton Institute PowerBlog has the audio of Fr. Robert Sirico's appearance about the Tea Party movement and Catholic Social Teaching yesterday with Al Kresta on Ave Maria Radio.

Visit the PowerBlog to listen to the audio.  Here's an excerpt from Kresta in the Afternoon:

The Tea Party Movement:  How Does it Gel With Catholic Social Teaching?

Since their not-so-quiet arrival on the U.S. political scene, the tea party has garnered a great deal of attention and found growing support among disgruntled Americans, many of whom are Catholics. A study commissioned earlier this year by the National Review Institute found that 28 percent of tea party supporters identified themselves as Catholic. Yet while the movement may include aspects that are attractive to practicing Catholics, there are also serious questions about whether the at times radical views and controversial practices seen from tea party protesters fit with the teachings of the Church. Fr. Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute is here to look at the Tea Party and Catholic Social Teaching.

Robert Sirico in the Detroit News: Tea party must define ideas

If the recent analysis by the New York Times on the success of the tea party movement is correct, the influence of this movement favoring limited government and low levels of taxation may have a decided impact in the upcoming elections, particularly in holding the Republican leadership's feet to the fire on a variety of related issues. 

The influence and more especially the authenticity of the tea party movement also is being debated in religious circles where some writers have expressed a skepticism as to how the evident religious sentiments expressed by many (but not all) tea party activists can be compatible with the undeniable Christian obligation to tend to the needs of "the least of these my brethren." 

Read the entire article at Detroit News

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