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