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The Entrepreneurial Vocation Paperback – January 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 39 pages
  • Publisher: Acton Institute; Soft Cover; Book Only edition (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880595206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880595206
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,016,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rev. Robert A. Sirico received his Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic University of America, following undergraduate study at the University of Southern California and the University of London. During his studies and early ministry, he experienced a growing concern over the lack of training religious studies students receive in fundamental economic principles, leaving them poorly equipped to understand and address today's social problems. As a result of these concerns, Fr. Sirico co-founded the Acton Institute with Kris Alan Mauren in 1990.

In April of 1999, Fr. Sirico was awarded an honorary doctorate in Christian Ethics from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and in May of 2001, Universidad Francisco Marroquin awarded him an honorary doctorate in Social Sciences. He is a member of the prestigious Mont Pèlerin Society, the American Academy of Religion, and the Philadelphia Society, and is on the Board of Advisors of the Civic Institute in Prague. Father Sirico also served on the Michigan Civil Rights Commission from 1994 to 1998. He is also currently serving on the pastoral staff of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Fr. Sirico's pastoral ministry has included a chaplaincy to AIDS patients at the National Institutes of Health and the recent founding of a new community, St. Philip Neri House in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Books he has written:

* Catholicism's Developing Social Teaching (Acton Institute, 1993)
* Moral Basis for Liberty (Foundation for Economic Education, 1996)
* Il personalismo economico e la società libera (Italian language edition)
* Capitalism, Morality and Markets (Institute of Economic Affairs, 2001)
* The Entrepreneurial Vocation (Acton Institute, 2001)
* The Soul of Liberty (Acton Institute, 2002)
* Defending the Free Market (Regnery, 2012)

Books he has co-authored:

*Skepticism, Faith, and Freedom (Acton Institute, 2007)
*A Field Guide for the Hero's Journey (Acton Institute, 2012)


Books he has edited:

* The Social Agenda: A Collection of Magisterial Texts (Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 2000)

Find out more:
Official Blog: http://www.robertsirico.com
Acton Institute profile: http://www.acton.org/about/staff/rev-robert-sirico
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/robertsirico
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/robertsirico
PovertyCure voice: http://www.povertycure.org/voices/rev-robert-a-sirico/

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In the face of the major injustices inflicted on the world by uncontrolled and self-serving entrepreneurs, Father Robert Sirico paints a picture of buying and selling that resembles a priestly vocation. But his dedication is not to religion, but to a Free Market, free of the fetters of just laws and wise legislation, where the buyer is at the mercy of the seller and the worker is dependent on the whim of the employer (and whatever salary and working conditions the employer provides).

The pretense is that the entrepreneur - in a Free Market - is always working for the good of society, when everyone knows that it is his pocketbook that is at stake, and that without just laws, the morality of Ebenezer Scrooge and the compassion of Mr, Bumble dominates the workplace. The "entrepreneurship" that he is recommending could return us to the labor conditions so graphically exposed in John Spargo's "The Bitter cry of Children". Henry Mayhew's "London Labour and the London Poor", or tragedies like the Chicago Haymarket Massacre in in 1886.

In the chapter entitled "The Practical Divide Between Religious Leaders and Entrepreneurs", he shows his true colors - because there is only one religious leader that he has in mind: the Pope in Rome and the encyclicals that have poured out of the Vatican for over a century.

Contrary to what he hints, their words are not directed at the American economy, which is a valid and just Capitalism - - the popes' words are directed specifically at a Free Market Economy, which was once part of our economy until the Supreme Court, in decisions like "Muller v. Oregon" and "United States v. Darby Lumber Company" created Labor Law and outlawed child labor.
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By Elise Amyx on October 11, 2012
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So much power in such a short read. I always love reading Father Robert Sirico.. always eloquent, concise, simple, and theologically sound. Definitely recommend this to anyone discerning their vocation especially if they feel called to business.
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By ar on May 23, 2012
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This was a thought provoking and interesting essay that all entrepreneurs should read to help lead them to success.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter P. Fuchs on April 15, 2011
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It is always important to know a writer's intellectual assumptions. With those you can put his statements in the right context. This reactionary man poses as a bulwark for right-thinking entrepreneurship. But anyone who has a spent any time in the Third World knows that individual efforts, though crucial and in need of spirited encouragement, are only as good as the society that can support them. In this light, this man's recent pronouncements that ancient Christian sources like the Didache support his miserly approach to everything are just laughable. Ancient Christianity above all, in contrast to modern, much more strongly supported a more, comparatively, communal sense of things, not less. For Sirico to assert otherwise evidences a purely fallacious view of history and even religious sources on his part. These are not subtle misunderstandings, but pure protracted lies. In light of all this his collateral observations that somehow poor people are victimized by societal means of assistance is just beneath contempt. This writer is one of the biggest prevaricators in history.
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