Staff Profile: Rev. Robert A. Sirico


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Rev. Robert A. Sirico received his Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic University of America, following undergraduate study at the University of Southern California and the University of London. During his studies and early ministry, he experienced a growing concern over the lack of training religious studies students receive in fundamental economic principles, leaving them poorly equipped to understand and address today's social problems. As a result of these concerns, Fr. Sirico co-founded the Acton Institute with Kris Alan Mauren in 1990.

As president of the Acton Institute, Fr. Sirico lectures at colleges, universities, and business organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad. His writings on religious, political, economic, and social matters are published in a variety of journals, including: the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the London Financial Times, the Washington Times, the Detroit News, and National Review. Fr. Sirico is often called upon by members of the broadcast media for statements regarding economics, civil rights, and issues of religious concern, and has provided commentary for CNN, ABC, the BBC, NPR, and CBS' 60 Minutes, among others.

In April of 1999, Fr. Sirico was awarded an honorary doctorate in Christian Ethics from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and in May of 2001, Universidad Francisco Marroquin awarded him an honorary doctorate in Social Sciences. He is a member of the prestigious Mont Pèlerin Society, the American Academy of Religion, and the Philadelphia Society, and is on the Board of Advisors of the Civic Institute in Prague. Father Sirico also served on the Michigan Civil Rights Commission from 1994 to 1998. His pastoral ministry has included a chaplaincy to AIDS patients at the National Institutes of Health.  He is the Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Acton Institute maintains a vigorous editorial outreach, especially through its president, Rev. Robert A. Sirico. This site maintains an archive of many of his essays and reviews.

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Religion & Liberty articles by this author

Morality and Liability May and June 2004
New Attitudes Toward an Old Problem January and February 2004
Another Look At Compassion and Welfare November and December 2003
Latin America Imprisoned in Liberation Theology July and August 2003
Liberty Legitimately Constrained May and June 2003
The True Goal for the Free Market March and April 2003
Moral Inferiority of the Welfare State January and February 2003
A Subtle Threat to Freedom November and December 2002
The Phenomenon of Globalization September and October 2002
Choice Brings Peace July and August 2002
What's Right for Labor May and June 2002
Toward a Free and Virtuous Society March and April 2002
Christendom, Power, and Authority January and February 2002
Faith, Freedom, and September 11 November and December 2001
Solidarity: The Fundamental Social Virtue September and October 2001
The Moral Dimensions of Monetary Policy July and August 2001
Reading Centesimus Annus May and June 2001
Receiving the Gift of Stewardship March and April 2001
The Biblical Case for Entrepreneurship January and February 2001
Frank Talk and Fiscal Responsibility November and December 2000
Capitalism Must Seize the High Ground September and October 2000
Do unto Cuba as We Do unto China July and August 2000
The Bedrock of Business Ethics May and June 2000
Toward Responsible Stewardship March and April 2000
Keeping Stable the Fabric of the World January and February 2000