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  • Grand Rapids Selectively Released Public Information

    04/16/2014 5:34:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/14/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Grand Rapids city officials gave detailed information about a tax dispute involving the Acton Institute to a select reporter, but not to the nonprofit fighting to prove it is a charitable organization, according to documents received through a Freedom of Information Act request. In fact, an Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty official complained that the organization was struggling to get information about the appeal of its rejection of an application for tax exemption just two business days before a scheduled hearing. Acton Institute Director of Finance Tom Vogt sent an email to City Commissioner Dave Shaffer...
  • The Church as the Bride of Caesar

    07/30/2011 3:01:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    NRO ^ | July 27, 2011 | Fr. Robert A. Sirico
    It is telling that the Washington Post report on the religious Left’s Circle of Protection campaign for big government describes the effort as one that would “send chills through any politician who looks to churches and religious groups as a source of large voting blocs,” because, in fact, this is not an honest faith-inspired campaign to protect the “least of these” from Draconian government cuts, as claimed. It is a hyper-political movement that offers up the moral authority of churches and aid organizations to advance the ends of the Obama administration and its allies in Congress. The Circle of Protection, led by Jim Wallis and...
  • The Problems With Socialized Government Healthcare

    12/05/2009 3:12:53 AM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 270+ views
    You Tube ^ | July 29, 2009
    Here's why a government-run healthcare system is not the answer.
  • School Choice and the Common Good of All Children

    12/05/2009 2:19:21 AM PST · by GonzoII · 8 replies · 467+ views
    Action Institute ^ | Dec 2 2009 | Kevin E. Schmiesing Ph.D.
    December 2, 2009School Choice and the Common Good of All Children by Kevin E. Schmiesing Ph.D. The United States justifiably celebrates its pluralism. The mandate to find unity in diversitye pluribus unumis predicated not on the premise that all peculiarities of creed or color must be washed away; instead, it insists that all such cultural and social differences must be respected. Part and parcel of this freedom is the right of parents to educate their children as they see fit. Like all rights, this one carries with it a duty: to prepare the child adequately for participation in society by...
  • Healthcare and Catholics: True and False Arguments

    12/04/2009 10:49:38 AM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies · 347+ views
    Action Institute ^ | October 14, 2009 | Samuel Gregg D.Phil.
    October 14, 2009Healthcare and Catholics: True and False Arguments by Samuel Gregg D.Phil. Healthcare reform its one of those causes almost everyone favors, but which almost automatically produces sharp arguments when we ask what it means and how it might be realized. You would have had to be living in a cave for the past eight months to be unaware that Americans are deeply divided on this matter, and that the division runs clean through the middle of many communities. That includes Catholic America. Of course, there are a small number of non-negotiables for Catholics, whatever their politics,...
  • Books for the Arsenal of Ordered Liberty

    01/06/2010 10:26:10 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies · 402+ views
    Action Institute ^ | Monday, January 4, 2010 | Hunter Baker
    Books for the Arsenal of Ordered Liberty Posted by Hunter Bakeron Monday, January 4, 2010 As we begin the New Year, I find myself thinking about books that fill the conservative armamentarium for resisting the left-liberal onslaught on the past handful of years. I’ve omitted some categories, like military and foreign policy, because they are outside my areas of expertise and don’t apply as much to the Acton mission, anyway. Here are my recommendations:Economics:Common Sense Economics by James Gwartney, Richard Stroup, and Dwight Lee — Dr. Gwartney taught the first economics class I ever took as a university student and...
  • Earth Charter undone: Henry Lamb explains how town nixed 'syrupy' eco scheme

    04/21/2002 1:32:57 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 40 replies · 477+ views ^ | Sunday, April 21, 2002 | Henry Lamb
    Sanibel, Fla., was one of the first U.S. cities to endorse the Earth Charter nearly a year ago as a part of Earth Day celebrations. It was also the first U.S. city to withdraw its endorsement. This controversial document, promoted by Mikhail Gorbachev and Maurice Strong for a decade, is seen by many to be an effort to create a new "16 Commandments" to serve as the foundation for a new global religion. Sanibel citizens were not happy about the endorsement. Forty-two citizens and five former mayors signed an open letter, published in a local newspaper, demanding that the endorsement...
  • Christ, Christmas, and Capitalism

    12/26/2006 8:58:41 AM PST · by rhema · 4 replies · 414+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | December 26, 2006 | Bill Steigerwald
    The Rev. Robert Sirico is not your ordinary parish priest. He is not only the pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Kalamazoo, Mich., hes the co-founder and president of The Acton Institute, a market-friendly think tank devoted to promoting a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles. Father Sirico, a frequent contributor to the country's top op-ed pages and regular commentator on TV, has made it his extra-spiritual calling to educate future religious leaders about the principles and moral virtues -- of a free-market economy. I talked to him by phone Tuesday...
  • Gore's Nobel Peace Prize a 'joke,' says Christian think tank

    10/16/2007 7:02:27 AM PDT · by fweingart · 9 replies · 159+ views ^ | October 15, 2007 | Chad Groening
    A Michigan-based Christian think tank says the Nobel Committee lost all pretense of objectivity when it named Al Gore as the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize last week. The Acton Institute says not only was Gore a "shamelessly partisan" choice for the award, but also an irrelevant one. Spokesman Jay Richards says despite what one thinks of the former vice president's crusade against "catastrophic global warming," it has "precious little to do with furthering world peace." Richards says it has been a trend in recent Nobel awards to give prizes to "highly politicized recipients." "So you had Jimmy Carter...
  • Facing the Facts of Europe's Suicide

    03/03/2006 5:49:33 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies · 1,111+ views
    Population Research Institute ^ | Joseph A. D'Agostino
    Dear Colleague: Seventeen European nations are now having so few wee bairns that there is little prospect of a demographic comeback. Cardinal Trujillo is among those who recognize that Europe's days could be numbered. Steven W. Mosher President PRI Weekly Briefing 3 March 2006 Vol. 8 / No. 9 Facing the Facts of Europe's Suicide By Joseph A. D'Agostino Will the Muslims inherit Western Europe? "If [Western people] don't do something, probably," replies Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Senior Fellow in Economics at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty. "That's a very probable outcome. The West doesn't...
  • Green Theology

    06/28/2005 1:55:23 PM PDT · by Coleus · 50 replies · 1,264+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 2000 | Elaine Middendorf
    Green TheologyAustin Ruse, President of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, the only Catholic lobbying group at the United Nations in New York, reports that there are a number of troubling groups circling around the UN. One such group is fairly new and as yet little-reported movement called the United Religious Initiative (URI), now active in 58 countries and 33 states in the U.S. It has been described as "an exclusive, decentralized organization, a spiritual partner of the United Nations." URI positions support population control, environmental extremism, and are radical on sexual matters. A new document signed by URI's...
  • The Virtue of Tolerance

    12/25/2003 9:35:12 AM PST · by bdeaner · 9 replies · 387+ views
    Acton Institute ^ | 12/24/03 | Rev. Robert A. Sirico
    The Virtue of Tolerance by Rev. Robert A. Sirico, Acton President The holiday season is a time for love of children, compassion for the poor, and good will toward alland a good deal of religious acrimony. Every year we hear stories of lawsuits and bitter fights over which religious symbols can be displayed in public. This year the big issue concerns cases in New York City, and Palm Beach, Florida, where symbols of the Islamic and Jewish faiths are freely displayed but Christian ones are not permitted. The Thomas More Law Center is assisting plaintiffs who claim that this...