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CNA spoke about the movement with Dr. Steven Schneck, Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America, and Fr. Robert Sirico, president of the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Acton Institute. Continue Reading

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  1. vance
    4 years ago

    Dottie, thank you for reminding us of the facts. Everett is a professional leftist who appears here to vomit his Liberal Establishment ideology. He could care less about the facts. Keep up the good work.

  2. Dottie
    4 years ago

    Everett, you need to check your facts. In 1995 the Republican controlled congress passed a law banning partial birth abortion. If you remember, it was fought tooth and nail by the Clinton Admin and the Democratic Party. You might remember that there were a number of states that were controlled by Republicans that passed ant-abortion laws. The Terri Schiavo case in 2005 came down to Republicans stating she has a right to live while the Democrat Party insisted that she die. Pres Bush gave an executive order to defund abortions WHILE Obama reinstated the funds for abortion. The Republicans have been very active against the Death Culture. However we must be vigilant for wolves in sheeps clothing.

  3. Pete Brady
    4 years ago

    In the article above the Catholic News Agency says that Father Sirico is inclined to be sympathetic to the Tea Party movement. While certainly not a "Catholic" endorsement, it would, however, appear that Father Sirico thinks that the Tea Party is not incompatible with Church teaching. He appears to have expressed sentiments similar to this in an interview of himself by Flavio Felice published by the Acton Institute in a booklet titled "the Soul of Liberty." Commenting on "individual liberty," Father Sirico says: "He (Alexis De Tocqueville) observed that, in Europe of the early nineteenth century, the idea of rights inherent in certain individuals was rapidly disappearing even as the the idea of the omnipotence and sole authority of the State was filing its place. [SOUNDS LIKE TODAY!] In the course of the transition, which is no longer limited to Europe but affects all societies, intermediating institutions such as Church and family authority are eroded. [SOUNDS LIKE TODAY!!] All that we are left with is the claims of individuals that they are permitted to do what they want to do, even as the power of the State over every aspect of our lives advances by the day. [AGAIN, SOUNDS LIKE TODAY!!!]" To reverse this trend Father Sirico sees the need for two trends --- "First, individuals will have to take a greater responsibility for their lives and become more attached to institutions such as the family or the worship community. Second, the State will have to back away from its overweening role in dominating economy and the culture and restrict its role to suit its nature as an apparatus of law enforcement and an exactor of justice." Sounds like Father Sirico would be firmly against a good many, if not all, of the "stimulus" and "bailouts" and "universal health care" of Obama and the progressive, leftist, "liberal Democrats."

  4. vance
    4 years ago

    Paul, I couldn't have said it better myself.

  5. vance
    4 years ago

    Bulbajer, I kinda-sorta agreed with your state. Is my coffee to strong?

  6. vance
    4 years ago

    Rob, "We need to address fairness in our system". I agree! We need a "Fairness Tax" that sets a 12% tax on EVERYONE. No more tax deductions for anything. Just a straight 12% on income from wherever. That would be fair and equal treatment of everyone. We won't need anymore Turbo-Tax or tax consultants. We can just send in our tax statements on a postcard size document with our checks. We can eliminate the IRS and save Hundreds of Billions of dollars. This way the Filthy Rich ( Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, Senator John Kerry, etc. ) will pay their fair share along with the rest of us. Good idea??

  7. Paul
    4 years ago

    Dear Nobody, - These are some of the taxpayer paid bailouts during the OBAMA Administration (Jan 2009 to date), which does not include his failed $700 Billion stimulus package, and his Million dollar raises to millionaire execs for NON-performance.. ACORN, AIG; Stanley Morgan; Goldman Sachs; Freddie Mac; Fannie Mae; Wells Fargo; Citi-Group; US Bankcorp; GMAC; Captial One; BankAmerica; American Express; Sun Trust; Fifth Third; Commerica; Country-wide; JP Morgan Chase; GM; Chrysler; Cash for Clunkers; He loves spending our money,Growing government and NOT getting rid of government waste. (Remember the Dems have been in charge of spending and the Budget since Jan 2007 - House & Senate)

  8. vance
    4 years ago

    Ed, nice try again. You told Alex he didn't read the Bible like most Catholics. Well aparently you haven't either. We all know the parable of the Good Samaritan. You an atheist must have stumbled on this while you were doing your homework. Jesus is telling you and me to help people in need. The Good Samaritan is an individual like you and me. The Good Samaritan is NOT THE GOVERNMENT. Nowhere in the gospel does Jesus say that King Harrod or Ceasar of Rome had an obligation to provide healthcare, food stamps, free housing, or free anything. Again, you anti-Christians try the old "Club them over the head with the Bible" trick. I urge you try something new. Pull money out of your own pocket and give to the poor. Don't be like your hero Democrat Rep. Charles Rangel who handed out turkeys for thanksgiving that were donated by an EVIL Big Business Supermarket and claim to be a Big Charitable Guy while not a penny from his own pocket was donated. You atheists make me laugh.

  9. Anne
    4 years ago

    Catholics are REQUIRED to believe in "Sacred Scipture", "Sacred Tradition" and the "Magesterium of the Church". If there are any questions about Faith and Morals, or Bible interpretations, the Magesterium of the Church has produced the "CATECHISM of the CATHOLIC CHURCH, SECOND EDITION". This is the only catechism directly from the Church, and the copyright is held by the Holy See. It covers all the topics mentioned above including but not limited to: the evils of Socialsim, Communism, Collectivism, pure Capitalism, and Excessive Government Interferance.
    Get a Catholic "Bible" and the "Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition" (dark green cover) for Christmas gifts - Help save souls for eternity.

  10. Theresa
    4 years ago

    Ed, I am wondering what made you say: "Jesus is God and what he says goes, not the Church or GOP" ? Whatever would make you separate Jesus from "His" Church and equate "the Church" with the GOP? The Pope is His "Vicar" for His "Body" on earth. No doubt, none of us are really perfect "members," but Jesus did promise to be with HIs Church which He entrusted to Peter and His Successors--until the end of time. We thank God every day for our Pope and for his words--especially when he addresses "matters of faith and morals." We have nothing to fear from our Popes [and our Bishops united with him] when they speak in matters of faith and morals. In fact, when our Pope speaks or writes to us in matters of faith and morals, he draws abundantly from his three-fold source of Inspiration: the Word of God in Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Promise of Jesus....If we, Catholics, today had been paying more attention to the words of our recent Popes addressing the current evils of our times (going back as far as Pope Paul VI's "Humanae Vitae," especially), no doubt, we would be in much, much better shape as Catholics--and as a nation....

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