Fr. Robert Sirico offers some ideas for the Tea Party movement

Father Robert Sirico answers the critiques of liberal Christians like Jim Wallis who think members of the Tea Party are against all government involvement in economic matters.

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.



  • JJ2

    Catholics, who are in the public square through the Tea Party forum, need to ignore those who continually try to cast them in a bad light. The bottom line is that the Constitution of the United States limits the power of the federal government, and the “social justice” of Barack Obama does not equate with Catholic teaching about social justice. Obama’s philosophy is based on the concept of collective salvation and black liberation theology. This is well documented in his books and in his speeches. The bottom line is “WE” must give, so that “WE” can be redeemed. One example of this is his speech to a group of Jewish rabbis in which he said “…certain portions of the African American community are doing as bad, if not worse, and recognizing that my fate remains tied up with their fates, that my individual salvation is not going to come about without a collective salvation for the country. Unfortunately, I think that recognition requires we make sacrifices and this country is not always been willing to make the sacrifices necessary to bring about a new day and a new age.” (

    The Catholic Church teaches, as Christ did, that salvation is the responsibility of the individual, not the collective group. Catholic “social justice” asks for a just and RESPONSIBLE government. One cannot do evil in order to accomplish good! The most pro-abortion President in the United States is not exhibiting Catholic social justice. He has lifted all holds against abortion in this country and worldwide. U.S. taxpayer dollars were sent to Kenya, where the Catholic Church has its greatest base in Africa, to influence the election of a pro-abortion president. “Social justice” that enslaves Americans to massive debt and disregards the laws of the land by ignoring the U.S. Constitution in nearly every area is not Catholic. It is not Catholic to support healthcare that embraces abortion. Reference Cardinal Raymond Burke’s speech about the growing national crisis in America. (



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