Episode #16 - Interview with Father Robert Sirico

“We have no right to judge the rich. For our part, what we desire is not a class struggle but a class encounter, in which the rich save the poor and the poor save the rich.” -Mother Teresa

Father Robert Sirico is the president and co-founder of the Acton Institute and the pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, both in Grand Rapids, MI.

During the first 15 minutes, Father did more to help articulate why Ron and I named our show The Soul of Enterprise than any of our previous attempts. For that, we are in his debt.

As promised here are some links to his work:

First, his terrific book Defending the Free Market: A moral case for a free economy.

Second, a more detailed version of the story he opened the show with.

Third, a link to one of the articles about Cardinal Rodriquez for which Father provided some insight (and Ed some therapy).

Fourth, links to the two papal encyclicals we discussed Rerum Novarumand Centesimal Annus, and the apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. All three are well worth reading no matter what your religious background.

Fifth, as mentioned Father's brother is Tony Sirico who starred as Paulie "Walnuts" in the Sopranos, but in my and the good priest's opinion, our favorite work of his is the Bensonhurst Spelling Bee.

Sixth, a link to the outstanding documentary from the Acton Institute, The Call of the Entrepreneurthe movie that introduced both Ron and myself to Father Sirico.

Seventh, a recent interview with Jimmy Lai about the pro democracy student protests in Hong Kong. As Father mentions, keep him and all of these folks in your thoughts and prayers.

Eighth, the trailer to the new Acton Institute documentary, Poverty Inc.

Ninth, a link to Ed's confession. Just kidding!