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Of course this make Father Sirico and Acton the worst kinds of libertarians.
By the way, faithful Catholics like philanthropists Frank Hanna and Sean Fieler are on the Acton board.
In the fight against abortion, same-sex marriage, and pornography, libertarianism is the enemy. The student called for Federal intervention to impose same-sex marriage on the states.
Spalding, who is with Hillsdale College, called him a big government liberal.
One of the overarching questions, at least for some of us in the room, was where are the libertarians you all are talking about?
Just like the Juice-Box Theologians, these folks seem intent on convincing Catholics that we are forbidden by the Church to be economic conservatives; that Catholics cannot believe in a market economy.Are we who favor smaller government, less regulation, and market solutions really the same as Ayn Rand and John Galt?One of their targets, and the only organization named in the conference was the Acton Institute, the Michigan-based think tank that seeks “to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.” Look at Acton’s core values and they line up almost perfectly with Catholic Social Teaching.They compare this over against libertarianism; a radical individualism where each man sets and makes his own course that—damn all the rest—leads to flourishing unless the heavy hand of the state interrupts it.
Above all—to radical individualists—the State is the Enemy.” in which he suggested that, without noticing it herself, Ayn Rand had made John Galt a Christ-figure.