Acton Commentary http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2008/03/12 Acton Commentary is published weekly by the Acton Institute. en Pope Francis and Economic Populism http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/07/29/pope-francis-economic-populism <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/samuel-gregg">Samuel Gregg</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Since the late Hugo Ch&aacute;vez rose to power in Venezuela in 1999, much of Latin America has been firmly under the thumb of leftist-populist governments.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/07/29/pope-francis-economic-populism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:01:57 +0000 rober6thom 6641 at http://www.acton.org Planned Parenthood and Unfettered Congressional Spending http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/07/22/planned-parenthood-unfettered-congressional-spendi <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/zack-pruitt">Zack Pruitt</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The U.S.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/07/22/planned-parenthood-unfettered-congressional-spendi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:17:36 +0000 rober6thom 6638 at http://www.acton.org Pope Francis Meets Comrade Mr. President http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/07/15/pope-francis-meets-comrade-mr-president <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/jorge-velarde-rosso">Jorge Velarde Rosso</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On July 8, during his whirlwind tour of Latin America, Pope Francis arrived at La Paz, Bolivia. He stayed for two hours before continuing to Santa Cruz de la Sierra where most of his public activities during his visit to Bolivia were scheduled.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/07/15/pope-francis-meets-comrade-mr-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:24:01 +0000 rober6thom 6634 at http://www.acton.org Christian Reformed Church Backs UN Climate Change Agenda http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/07/08/christian-reformed-church-backs-un-climate-change <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/jordan-ballor">Jordan Ballor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/crcna" style="line-height: 1.5; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Christian Reformed Church in North America - CRCNA</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;passed&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.thebanner.org/news/2012/06/synod-calls-church-to-take-active-role-in-climate-change-issue" style="line-height: 1.5; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">a synodical resolution on climate change in 2012</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, some wondered &quot;how will doing this hurt?&quot; They concluded </span></p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/ecumenical-babel-confusing-economic-ideology-churc">Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Churchs Social Witness</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/07/08/christian-reformed-church-backs-un-climate-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 16:20:18 +0000 rober6thom 6629 at http://www.acton.org Greece, America, and the Pension Tipping Point http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/07/08/greece-america-pension-tipping-point <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/zack-pruitt">Zack Pruitt</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once famously quipped, &ldquo;The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people&rsquo;s money.&rdquo;&nbsp; This economic truth has finally become reality for Greece as its banks have shut down, its money supply is nearly gone, and its people have rejected a debt-relief plan from European leaders.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/07/08/greece-america-pension-tipping-point" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 15:27:34 +0000 rober6thom 6628 at http://www.acton.org After Supreme Court's Marriage Ruling, Religious Liberty Battles Loom http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/07/01/after-supreme-courts-marriage-ruling-religious-lib <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/zack-pruitt">Zack Pruitt</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whenever government assumes a greater role in a societal or cultural debate, expect both intended and unintended consequences.&nbsp; The U.S. Supreme Court&rsquo;s decision to make same-sex marriage a constitutional right under the Fourteenth Amendment will generate huge conflicts &ndash; in some cases unforeseen &ndash; with the First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/07/01/after-supreme-courts-marriage-ruling-religious-lib" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:25:05 +0000 rober6thom 6620 at http://www.acton.org ‘Crucified love’ -- The Human Side of the Greek Crisis http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/06/24/crucified-love%E2%80%99-human-side-greek-crisis <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/dylan-pahman">Dylan Pahman</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>THESSALONIKI, Greece &ndash; Fr. Eleftherios pulls down from the wall behind him a framed icon of <a href="http://o-nekros.blogspot.com/2014/11/saint-george-new-hieromartyr-of.html">St. George of Neapolis</a>, a late 18<sup>th</sup> century martyr. The icon depicts a procession of bishops, clergy and worshippers leaving the ancient Christian province of Cappadocia. They carry the remains of the martyr-saint, and they form a long line that stretches out symbolically to Greece where they seek refuge from Ottoman persecution.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/06/24/crucified-love%E2%80%99-human-side-greek-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:40:50 +0000 John Couretas 6616 at http://www.acton.org Laudato Si’: Well Intentioned, Economically Flawed http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/06/24/laudato-si%E2%80%99-well-intentioned-economically-flawed <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/samuel-gregg">Samuel Gregg</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="copy-paste-block"> <p>In the lead-up to the release of Pope Francis&rsquo; new encyclical <a href="http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html" style="line-height: 1.538em;"><em>Laudato Si&rsquo;</em></a>, most commentary focused on its likely-implications for the world&rsquo;s climate change debate.</p></div><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/tea-party-catholic">Tea Party Catholic</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/06/24/laudato-si%E2%80%99-well-intentioned-economically-flawed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:03:53 +0000 John Couretas 6615 at http://www.acton.org Unholy Alliance: Who is Advising Pope Francis on Global Warming? http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/06/17/unholy-alliance-who-advising-pope-francis-global-w <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/catherine-snow">Catherine Snow</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smiling, lovable, Pope Francis says and does the darndest things. Wildly popular, this Argentine pontiff provides the common touch that for millions, and not just Catholics, offers a welcome and very public picture of how the world&rsquo;s most influential religious leader can live, pray and lead as a humble pastor.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/tea-party-catholic">Tea Party Catholic</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/06/17/unholy-alliance-who-advising-pope-francis-global-w" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:39:02 +0000 John Couretas 6610 at http://www.acton.org On the Road to Character – Finding Sin and Grace Along the Way http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/06/10/road-character-finding-sin-grace-along-way <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/elise-hilton">Elise Hilton</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>New York Times</em> writer David Brooks&rsquo; new book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Road-Character-David-Brooks/dp/081299325X?tag=acton04-20"><em>On the Road to Character</em></a>, examines what it takes to create a virtuous life. The author&rsquo;s central question: Does a person of character focus solely on building on one&rsquo;s strengths or does he confront and improve his weaknesses?</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/06/10/road-character-finding-sin-grace-along-way" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:13:33 +0000 rober6thom 6607 at http://www.acton.org Christian Stewardship or UN Sustainability? http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/06/03/christian-stewardship-or-un-sustainability <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/kishore-jayabalan">Kishore Jayabalan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>ROME -- Has there ever been so much attention paid to a papal encyclical before its publication? At least we now know it will be entitled <em><a href="http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/popes-environmental-encyclical-to-be-titled-laudato-sii-praised-be-72899/">Laudato Sii</a></em>. <a href="https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otn.cfm?id=1088">Phil Lawler</a> is right to say that all the speculation is over the top; we pundits just can&rsquo;t help ourselves. I must, however, plead guilty to the lesser (or is it greater?) charge of iconoclasm.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/globalization-poverty-international-development">Globalization, Poverty, and International Development</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/06/03/christian-stewardship-or-un-sustainability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:23:38 +0000 John Couretas 6603 at http://www.acton.org Nature, Markets, and Human Creativity http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/05/27/nature-markets-human-creativity <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/rev-gregory-jensen">Rev. Gregory Jensen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in <a href="https://www.patriarchate.org/messages/-/asset_publisher/9mdbt2FJgbY0/content/his-all-holiness-issues-statement-on-the-occasion-of-world-water-day">his statement </a>for the 2015 World Water Day makes a number of assertions that, while inspired by morally good ideals, are morally and practically problematic.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/creation-heart-man">Creation and the Heart of Man</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/05/27/nature-markets-human-creativity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:53:32 +0000 John Couretas 6597 at http://www.acton.org The Moral Limits of Psychology http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/05/20/moral-limits-psychology <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/rev-gregory-jensen">Rev. Gregory Jensen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Defenders of the free market insist that virtue is essential to a just and thriving economy. If morality is relevant to economics, it is equally so to allied fields of social science, all of which have as their object of investigation the human person. Indifference to the moral dimension distorts the study of human action in economics; so too does it deform the discipline that reaches behind that action to the human mind: psychology.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/05/20/moral-limits-psychology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 20 May 2015 17:30:22 +0000 rober6thom 6592 at http://www.acton.org Citizen vs Client: Finding A Way Out of Poverty in American Cities http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/05/13/citizen-vs-client-finding-way-out-poverty-american <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/elise-hilton">Elise Hilton</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When someone asks you where you are from, you reply with the name of the place you live. You do not reply with a generic, &ldquo;I live in a large city.&rdquo; No one lives in a city. No one lives in a town, or a suburb or a village. We all live in a <em>specific place</em>. And that place determines much about us, whether we like it or not.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/povertycure-curriculum">PovertyCure Curriculum</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/05/13/citizen-vs-client-finding-way-out-poverty-american" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 13 May 2015 16:02:39 +0000 John Couretas 6579 at http://www.acton.org Letter from Rome: What is Liberal Morality? http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/05/06/letter-rome-what-liberal-morality <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/kishore-jayabalan">Kishore Jayabalan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Three recent events have made me reflect on a certain theme that should be of interest to religious-minded advocates of the free society. Or at least it should be of interest if we wish to overcome the perceptions of religious believers as simple-minded fanatics and liberals as amoral libertines. This theme can be posed as a question: What is liberal morality?</span></p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/challenging-modern-world-karol-wojtylajohn-paul-ii">Challenging the Modern World: Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II and the Development of Catholic Social Teaching (Softcover)</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/05/06/letter-rome-what-liberal-morality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 06 May 2015 15:01:01 +0000 John Couretas 6578 at http://www.acton.org Lunchbox Markets: A Moral Tale http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/04/29/lunchbox-markets-moral-tale <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/dylan-pahman">Dylan Pahman</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the land of PB&amp;J, the girl with a peanut butter and M&amp;M sandwich is queen. In the third grade, that girl&rsquo;s name was Rita. That&rsquo;s not to say I didn&rsquo;t have my own competitive edge. Due to what I now consider to be a wholly irrational distaste for jams and jellies at the time, my lunch came packed with a peanut butter and honey sandwich.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/fair-trade-its-prospects-poverty-solution">Fair Trade? Its Prospects as a Poverty Solution</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/04/29/lunchbox-markets-moral-tale" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:47:49 +0000 John Couretas 6575 at http://www.acton.org Going Back to the Grammar of Creation http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/04/22/going-back-grammar-creation <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/bishop-dominique-rey">Bishop Dominique Rey</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The primacy of God, which Pope Benedict XVI made a priority of his pontificate, reminds us that reality <em>is </em>intelligible and human reason must be used: reason that is able to recognize the logos, the objective reason that manifests itself in nature.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/04/22/going-back-grammar-creation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:58:17 +0000 John Couretas 6566 at http://www.acton.org Weeping for Argentina http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/04/15/weeping-argentina <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/samuel-gregg">Samuel Gregg</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&ldquo;There are countries which are rich and countries which are poor. And there are poor countries which are growing rich. And then there is Argentina.&rdquo;</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/becoming-europe">Becoming Europe</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/04/15/weeping-argentina" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:51:10 +0000 John Couretas 6564 at http://www.acton.org The Logic of Economic Discrimination http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/04/08/logic-economic-discrimination <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/jordan-ballor">Jordan Ballor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The passage of religious liberty laws in states like Indiana and Arkansas has sparked a firestorm of controversy. These bills have been opposed by powerful corporate interests and vociferous gay activists.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/get-your-hands-dirty-essays-christian-social-thoug">Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action)</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/04/08/logic-economic-discrimination" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:19:09 +0000 John Couretas 6559 at http://www.acton.org Free-Market Federalism http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/04/01/free-market-federalism <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/james-bruce">James Bruce</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Several years ago, <a href="http://petewarden.com/2010/02/06/how-to-split-up-the-us/">Pete Warden</a> offered an account of seven distinct regions in the United States from an unusual source: Facebook friends. Apparently, when I moved from Texas to Arkansas in 2008, I didn&rsquo;t change cultures. Sure, I became a resident of Arkansas, with an Arkansas drivers license, license plate, etc. But, according to Warden, I&rsquo;m still in Greater Texas. (The Acton Institute, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, resides in Stayathomia. Stayathomia has sports and beer.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/work-meaning-your-life-christian-perspective">Work: The Meaning of Your Life—A Christian Perspective</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/04/01/free-market-federalism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:01:16 +0000 John Couretas 6554 at http://www.acton.org Europe’s Real Time-Bomb http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/03/25/europe%E2%80%99s-real-time-bomb <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/samuel-gregg">Samuel Gregg</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While Europe&rsquo;s governments and financial markets have been fixated in recent months by the ongoing fiscal and political disaster otherwise known as Greece, the challenges facing one of the EU&rsquo;s smallest members are, frankly, quite minor compared to what may well be Europe&rsquo;s biggest looming internal problem.</p> <p>The name of that challenge? In a word: France.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/becoming-europe">Becoming Europe</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/03/25/europe%E2%80%99s-real-time-bomb" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:54:36 +0000 John Couretas 6546 at http://www.acton.org The Real Oscar Romero http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/03/18/real-oscar-romero <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/rev-robert-sirico">Rev. Robert A. Sirico</a> </div> </div> </div> <div id="article_body"> <p>There are two prominent churchmen of our era whose lives and words expose the difference between a &quot;preferential option for the poor&quot; and a preferential option for the state.</p> <p>The first is Archbishop Oscar Romero. When an agent of El Salvador&#39;s military regime fired a single bullet into Oscar Romero&#39;s chest, the archbishop was in the midst of celebrating Mass. But it seems that before Romero could be laid to rest, he became an unlikely hero to Marxists and Liberation Theologians in Latin America.</p></div><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/defending-free-market">Defending the Free Market</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/03/18/real-oscar-romero" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:55:41 +0000 John Couretas 6542 at http://www.acton.org ‘Christ and Crisis’ Today http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/03/11/christ-crisis%E2%80%99-today <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/dylan-pahman">Dylan Pahman</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="caption alignright"><img alt="Charles Malik. Photo credit: LIFE Magazine." src="/sites/v4.acton.org/files/pub/malik.jpg" class="img-responsive" /> <p class="caption-text"> Charles Malik. Photo credit: LIFE Magazine. </p></div><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/life-world">For the Life of the World</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/03/11/christ-crisis%E2%80%99-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:08:11 +0000 Acton Web 6529 at http://www.acton.org No Faith-Based Case for FCC’s Net Neutrality Power Grab http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/03/04/no-faith-based-case-fcc%E2%80%99s-net-neutrality-power-gra <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/bruce-edward-walker">Bruce Edward Walker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What could possibly go wrong with a regulatory power grab by a government agency applying an 80-year-old law to the most dynamic and innovative aspect of the world&rsquo;s economy? The Federal Communications Commission last week voted along partisan lines for passage of network neutrality regulations. The first two attempts were both defeated in U.S. Circuit Court, and one hopes this third try meets the same fate.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/defending-free-market">Defending the Free Market</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/03/04/no-faith-based-case-fcc%E2%80%99s-net-neutrality-power-gra" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:21:04 +0000 Acton Web 6525 at http://www.acton.org Women and the Academy Awards: Hashtag Nonsense and Factual Farce http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/02/25/women-academy-awards-hashtag-nonsense-factual-farc <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/elise-hilton">Elise Hilton</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img alt="Patricia Arquette" src="/sites/v4.acton.org/files/pub/patricia.jpg" style="width: 306px; height: 437px; float: right;" />My Academy Awards confessions: I have not seen <em>Birdman</em>. I use the time allotted for the best sound editing award to get a snack and let the dog out. I like to watch the pre-show and see the beautiful gowns (and reel in horror at some of the couture creations.)</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/life-world">For the Life of the World</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/02/25/women-academy-awards-hashtag-nonsense-factual-farc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:44:49 +0000 Acton Web 6522 at http://www.acton.org Oscar Romero: An archbishop driven by faith, not ideology http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/02/18/oscar-romero-archbishop-driven-faith-not-ideology <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/rev-robert-sirico">Rev. Robert A. Sirico</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While on a lecture tour of El Salvador about a year ago, I asked my hosts if it were possible to visit the church where Oscar Romero celebrated his last Mass in 1980.</p> <p>The Salvadorian archbishop was assassinated by a government hit squad at the point in the Mass known as the Offertory.</p> <p>Here, the priest slightly raises first the host and then the chalice in a re-enactment of Christ&rsquo;s institution of the Eucharist, which Catholics believe to be the self-offering of Christ for the salvation of the world.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/acton-university-2014-flash-drive-bundle">Acton University 2014 Flash Drive Bundle</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/02/18/oscar-romero-archbishop-driven-faith-not-ideology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:50:13 +0000 Acton Web 6520 at http://www.acton.org Fossil Fuel Divestment: Economically Reckless and Morally Callous http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/02/11/fossil-fuel-divestment-economically-reckless-moral <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/bruce-edward-walker">Bruce Edward Walker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Relatively inexpensive and increasingly cleaner burning fossil fuels have been a boon to humanity for the past 150 years. Furthermore, fossil fuels have reignited nearly every sector of our economy since the Great Recession, including businesses and financial markets, and created huge opportunities for the middle class and the poor.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/creation-heart-man">Creation and the Heart of Man</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/02/11/fossil-fuel-divestment-economically-reckless-moral" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:28:11 +0000 Acton Web 6516 at http://www.acton.org A Parable for the Unemployed http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/02/04/parable-unemployed <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/jordan-ballor">Jordan Ballor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The theme of work recurs and reverberates throughout the Christian scriptures. We see it from the very beginning in Genesis 1, where human beings are created in God&rsquo;s image and blessed with the call: &ldquo;Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth&nbsp;and subdue it.&rdquo; The call to work appears again in a more specific form with the creation account of Adam and Eve, in which Adam is &ldquo;placed in the Garden of Eden&nbsp;to work it and take care of it&rdquo; and Eve is created to be Adam&rsquo;s co-laborer (Ge. 2:15, 18).</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/get-your-hands-dirty-essays-christian-social-thoug">Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action)</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/02/04/parable-unemployed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 17:50:46 +0000 Acton Web 6513 at http://www.acton.org Communion and Consumerism http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/01/28/communion-consumerism <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/rev-gregory-jensen">Rev. Gregory Jensen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Anglican Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, made a number of very good points about the moral and spiritual dangers of consumerism <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/11359378/Retail-therapy-Consumerism-is-just-making-us-miserable-Archbishop.html">in a recent talk</a>.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/defending-free-market">Defending the Free Market</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/01/28/communion-consumerism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:50:54 +0000 Acton Web 6511 at http://www.acton.org The Monk as Merchant: Economic Wisdom from a Desert Hermit http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/01/21/monk-merchant-economic-wisdom-desert-hermit <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/dylan-pahman">Dylan Pahman</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Before Max Weber ever conducted <a href="https://archive.org/details/protestantethics00webe" target="_blank">his study</a> of the &ldquo;Protestant ethic&rdquo; of hard work and commerce as a matter of one&rsquo;s election before God, there was the ascetic ethic of the ancient Church. A story from the <em>Sayings of the Desert Fathers</em> <a href="https://archive.org/details/libraryofchristi008770mbp" target="_blank">illustrates</a> this ascetic business ethic well:</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/economics-christian-perspective">Economics in Christian Perspective</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/01/21/monk-merchant-economic-wisdom-desert-hermit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:59:32 +0000 Acton Web 6509 at http://www.acton.org