Wallis said that the Tea Party members were Libertarians who “believe in the myth of the sinless market.” Said Fr. Sirico:
I have no doubt there are people on the fringes of the tea party movement who hate government. Most of these, however, I would suggest hate government the way most of us “hate” the dentist — that is, we are not in favor of abolishing dentistry; we just want to make sure it hurts as little as possible and does not do permanent damage.
Fr. Sirico, who heads the Acton Institute, does however think that the Tea Party movement could benefit from a more comprehensive explanation for their policy proposals to shrink the size of the federal government.
Such a set of principles exists within both the Roman Catholic and Reformed Protestant traditions and are known respectively as subsidiarity and sphere sovereignty.
Read the rest of Father Sirico’s article in The Detroit News.