Yesterday Father Robert Sirico spoke at Belmont University (where I teach entrepreneurship as an itinerant part-time adjunct professor). I attended his public speech and also was invited to sit in on a faculty roundtable discussion with Father Sirico. Father Sirico is co-founder and President of the Acton Institute. He gave a bracing speech titled "A Moral Analysis of the Economic Crisis". Even though I've been aware of Fr. Sirico since he first spoke at Belmont back in 2005, I must admit it is still a bit unsettling to see and hear a Catholic priest giving an unapologetic, intellectually rigorous, and energetic defense of free markets. Aren't clergy all supposed to be closet socialists?
I wish I more often heard our President or others in our political leadership give such a clear and reasoned defense of free markets and so many of our founding ideals. Even more, I wish they acted on such beliefs.
I really enjoyed the opportunity to hear Father Sirico. And thanks to my friend Jeff Cornwall for inviting me to the faculty roundtable.