Deborah Gyapong: Religious liberty and economic prosperity

Religious liberty and economic prosperity

We need an Action Institute North here in Canada.   This book by Fr. Robert Sirico will be on my wish list.  From The Corner:

‘Can it be mere coincidence that we are beset by decline just as the Judeo-Christian worldview has retreated from the public square?” Fr. Robert A. Sirico asks in his new book, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy. The president of the Michigan-based Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, Fr. Sirico asks the question in a chapter titled “The End of Freedom?” He argues that “the link between economic liberty and public morality is not tenuous; it is clear and direct.” And he talks a bit about what he means in an interview with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez.
KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: The bishops have been all about their Fortnight for Freedom. You’ve got a new book on the moral case for a free economy. What’s the Catholic obsession with freedom lately?
FR. ROBERT A. SIRICO: In one sense it is nothing new. The idea that “the truth will set you free,” and the “liberty by which Christ sets us free,” are ideas that have a rather long heritage — 2,000 years and more in Christianity and even more in Orthodox Judaism. I think today, in particular, the subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which our liberties —  religious, economic, and personal — are being eroded are becoming dangerous and obvious. This risk to our institutions has brought the whole thing to a head — which I believe is welcome on many levels.


FR. SIRICO: Yes, much of it consists of prudential actions. Surely one is not a formal heretic if one has not seen the wisdom of the Fortnight for Freedom effort. But I think it is good to remember that the internal polarization that took place after the Second Vatican Council between those who adopted the hermeneutic of rupture and those who maintained the hermeneutic of continuity (to use the pope’s categories) is that the former tended to abandon a more theological understanding of the Church and its role in the world and diminished it to a merely political, “historically conscious,” and socially activist (sometimes even socialist!) paradigm.



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