Leadership students called to blend Catholic moral teaching with American legacy

BY JOANNE KERSTER

STAFF WRITER

screen shot 2013-09-19 at 11.40.41 pmMembers of Franciscan University’s Center for Leadership attended a dinner with the Rev. Robert Sirico, president of the Acton Institute and board member of the Center for Leadership, at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh on Sept. 18.

Sirico told Franciscan students that, as Christians and Americans, we should seek to continue the legacy left by our founding fathers. He spoke of the connection between Catholic moral teaching and economic freedom, noting that having religious freedom and the freedom to own property are fundamental to American culture.

Clare McCallan, a freshman and member of the Center for Leadership, was one of the attendees of the dinner event. She said that Sirico’s “comments on economic freedom in relation to Christian moral teaching were insightful and eye opening.”

McCallan said that she would encourage college students to educate themselves and join campus organizations such as the Acton Society and Young Americans for Freedom in order to get involved in building a strong America for the future.

Sirico lectures at universities and business organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad. His writings, which focus on religious, political, economic and social matters, have been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Washington Times and other publications. Sirico co-founded the Acton Institute in April of 1990.

The mission of the Acton Institute is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles. The Institute aims to educate leaders in various roles to pursue virtue in economic thinking.

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