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
As president of the Acton Institute, Fr. Sirico lectures at colleges, universities,
and business organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad. His writings on religious,
political, economic, and social matters are published in a variety of journals,
including: the New York Times,
the Wall Street Journal,
Forbes, the London Financial
Times, the Washington Times,
the Detroit News, and National
Review. Fr. Sirico is often called upon by members of the broadcast
media for statements regarding economics, civil rights, and issues of religious
concern, and has provided commentary for CNN,
ABC, the BBC,
NPR, and CBS'
60 Minutes, among others.
In April of 1999, Fr. Sirico was awarded an honorary doctorate in Christian
Ethics from the Franciscan University of
Steubenville, and in May of 2001, Universidad Francisco Marroquin awarded him an honorary doctorate in Social Sciences. He is a member of the prestigious Mont
Pèlerin Society, the American
Academy of Religion, and the Philadelphia
Society, and is on the Board of Advisors of the Civic Institute in Prague.
Father Sirico also served on the Michigan Civil Rights Commission from 1994
to 1998. He is also currently serving on the pastoral staff of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Fr. Sirico's pastoral ministry has included a chaplaincy to AIDS patients
at the National Institute of Health and the
recent founding of a new community, St. Philip Neri House in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Posts by Rev. Robert Sirico
January 30, 2010
The Church and the world has lost an immense soul in the passing into eternity yesterday of Dr. Ralph McInerny, long time professor of philosophy at Notre Dame University. He was the modern epitome of the Renaissance Man: a towering intellectual, a Latinist, raconteur sublime, a writer of doggerel, a mystery writer (the Father Dowling series) and the list could go on. Continue Reading...
January 26, 2010
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the ex-president of Haiti who has lived lavishly in exile as a guest of the South African government for the past six years, recently announced he was ready to go back and help Haiti rebuild from its catastrophic earthquake. Continue Reading...
January 18, 2010
Published today on National Review Online:
When I first heard the news from Haiti and watched the horrible stories on television, I had the same impulse I imagine millions around the world experienced: I found myself thinking of catching the next plane to Port-au-Prince to help in whatever way I could. Continue Reading...
December 22, 2009
In a new column in The Detroit News, I set authentic environmental stewardship against the goings-on at the recently concluded UN Copenhagen conference. A slightly longer version of this commentary will be published tomorrow in the weekly Acton News & Commentary
. Continue Reading...
December 21, 2009
If ever G.K. Chesterton’s old quip about heresy being “truth gone mad” was in full view, here comes a report from England whereby Fr. Tim Jones, an Anglican minister, had actually encouraged the poor to shoplift from large chains this holiday season. Continue Reading...
December 12, 2009
Over at the Catholic Thing, Scott Walker looks at Climategate and the intolerant groupthink undergirding the “consensus” on global warming. He starts by offering a quote from sociologist Robert Nisbet on “the Enlightenment myth that the Catholic Church brutally oppressed Galileo. Continue Reading...
November 24, 2009
Last week, I joined a group of Christian leaders in Washington to announce the publication of the Manhattan Declaration. This is a landmark document signed by Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant leaders who joined together to “reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them.” Continue Reading...
November 24, 2009
My new column on health care was published in the Detroit News today. Full text follows:
As the health care debate moves to the U.S. Senate, much of the focus has been on how the Catholic bishops’ support of the amendment by U.S. Continue Reading...
November 09, 2009
Excerpts from remarks delivered at the Acton Institute annual dinner in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Oct. 29, 2009:
Twenty years ago today, a growing tide of men and women in Eastern Europe and northern Asia were shaking off the miasma that had led so many to imagine that central economic planning could work. Continue Reading...
October 01, 2009
This week’s Acton commentary looks at the trend by many in the charitable sector to become increasingly reliant on government support. Sign up for the free, weekly Acton News & Commentary newsletter in the form here (right hand sidebar). Continue Reading...