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Religion, the natural sciences and economics are all, in their own ways, explorations of cause and effect within God’s creation. We reap what we sow, physically, morally and socially. Both religion and economics understand the human person as the acting person. In the realm of economics, the focus is on the choices persons make in terms of worldly stewardship, in how they make use of their time, talents and resources. In the realm of religion, the focus is on the free choice of moral goods that fulfill our true nature. Our deepest religious convictions should guide our stewardship of all worldly goods, and the virtue of prudence, assisted by economic insight, helps us determine the best means by which to incarnate our moral vision.

This is why the Acton Institute sees the intersection of religion and economics as so vital to a free and virtuous society. From the most recent book by our director of research, Samuel Gregg, to our upcoming programing, including our Annual Dinner and additional conferences, we seek to explore these themes in both our research and programing. You will also hear about a recent interview with me in the Wall Street Journal on the tensions and opportunities for people of faith in the free market.

We could not engage the public, academics, and church and business leaders on these vital themes so close to the center of the human person without our generous donors, who make it all possible. Thank you for your continued generous support of the Acton Institute. If you are just learning about Acton, we invite you to find additional resources on our website, including our weekly podcast Acton Line. Please also prayerfully consider supporting us in our mission to articulate a moral vision grounded in sound economics so essential to the flourishing of both individuals and communities.

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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.