|"Father" Rev. Robert Sirico- CNP 1996,1998; co-founder and president Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty 41 ; Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic University of America 42, following undergraduate study at the University of Southern California 43 and the University of London 44; a member of Mont Pèlerin Society 45, the American Academy of Religion 46, and the Philadelphia Society 47, and is on the Board of Advisors of the Civic Institute in Prague. |
Member of The Interfaith Council for Environmental Stewardship (ICES) or Signer of Cornwall Declaration > See: ICES
"The Mission of the Acton Institute is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles." Founded in honor of Lord Acton of All Souls College, Oxford and a Roman Catholic, involved in the first Vatican Council.
"The Acton Institute's activities are governed by a Board of Directors. Each member of our board believes in the importance of the Acton Institute's work to promote the compatibility of faith and freedom." 48 Source:
Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty 49: ~ provides a list of links to "Christian environmental organizations" that includes, Cathedral of St. John Divine 50, the headquarters for the Episcopal Church, the Temple of Understanding and home for New Ager Madeline L'engle. 51 See: Renovare and the Christian Mystic
Actons Board and Advisory Board include: Mrs. Betsy DeVos [CNP's Rich DeVos hus., daughter of CNP's Elsa Prince]- Treasurer; [CNP's] Dr. Edwin J. Feulner, Jr, The Heritage Foundation; Mr. Doug Bandow, Cato Institute 52; Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Toward Tradition; Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, George Mason University 53 ; Dr. Ronald Nash, Reformed Theological Seminary 54 ; Mr. Michael Novak, American Enterprise Institute [many CNP involved]; Hon. William E. Simon, John M. Olin Foundation 55[CFR, Mont Pelerin Society, etc.]; Marvin Olasky is senior Fellow
|Environmental thought is being used increasingly, not to preserve nature’s beauty, but to restrict economic prosperity. As a priest, I am concerned about this movement, not only because I believe that economic development is good for the human family but also because, under the guise of environmentalism, certain heresies are making inroads into our houses of worship. Of late, we have witnessed the rise of what some have called a “green spirituality,” said to blend nicely with traditional faith.|
|In Earth in the Balance, widely praised as the consummate statement of the new environmentalism, VP Al Gore admits that "the more deeply I search for the roots of the global environment crisis, the more I am convinced that it is an outer manifestation of an inner crisis that is, for lack of a better word, spiritual."|
.... but Gore is asking us to reassess our spiritual place in the universe by renewing a connection not to GOD, and not to other people, but to the "natural world".
|If religious campaigns for the environment were ineffective, they probably wouldn't generate much opposition. But, perhaps sensing a gathering consensus, some groups have been critical, particularly the Michigan-based Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, headed and co-founded by Catholic priest Robert A. Sirico.|