This proposition got at least a partial airing out last Summer at a conference called “The Catholic Case Against Libertarians” hosted in the lovely offices of Bread for the Poor, offices far larger and far nicer than the poor pro-life group that I run and most others that I know.
One of the overarching questions, at least for some of us in the room, was where are the libertarians you all are talking about?
Hendey (12) Maggie Lawson (4) Makena Clawson (8) Marge Fenelon (27) Maria Cunningham (15) Marianna Bartholomew (20) Marjorie Campbell (24) Mary Grace Donaldson (3) Mary Hasson (49) Mary Rose Somarriba (1) Maura Shea (6) Melissa Fordyce (1) Melissa Overmyer (1) Michelle Bauman (10) Molly OConnor (7) Natalie Plumb (1) Patsy Gonzalez (1) Rebecca Ryskind Teti (1) Sarah Bartel (1) Sarah Metts (13) Sister Maximilian Marie, O.
Influential Catholics—many of them supporters of Barack Obama—are advancing a proposition that may have the result of sullying the reputations of Catholic conservatives and those Catholics arguing for a robust market economy.
Catholic Democrats did go a little batty when Acton’s founder Father Robert Sirico published something called “Who is John Galt?
” in which he suggested that, without noticing it herself, Ayn Rand had made John Galt a Christ-figure.
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.
I am not aware that Acton’s leadership has ever identified themselves as libertarians.
Another person this group wanted to instruct was actually sitting in the audience that day.
“Most Catholic defenders of laissez-fair ideology describe themselves as conservative.” But even they know such an ideology is really the “great disrupter, its gales of creative destruction sweeping away traditions, institutions, and communities that stand in its way.” Where no others did, Boudway had the courage to name names. John Di Iulio of the University of Pennsylvania gave perhaps the most disappointing talk.
He went after “self-professed Catholics” who had dared to challenge some of the Pope’s economic pronouncements.
A Pew Research Center survey found that 36 percent of Americans ages 18–25 have a tattoo, 40 percent of those 26-40, and 10 percent of those 41-64.
While I don’t have one myself, I know many people who do: most who happily sport their body art, and a few who regret it.