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Fr. Robert Sirico

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Fenwick, May 23, 2020.

  1. Fenwick

    Fenwick ☩ Broman Catholic ☩

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    Does anybody know much about it? This coming week my favorite podcast is doing an episode each day and he's the featured guest on Monday. Some people on a the trad subreddit were making a stink about Sirico because he's apparently a former pentecostal minister and then sort of became a Fr. James Martin type figure where he was openly supportive of LGBT issues and eventually admitted his own homosexuality.

    I don't know anything about him, but I can't imagine the podcast hosts inviting Fr. Sirico on to the show if that is still the kind of person he is. They're hardcore conservatives and orthodox Catholics.

    They're doing a theme this week called "CathMinGov" where they've inviting guests on for different topics related to Catholicism, government, etc. I think Fr. Sirico recently published a book on economics and that may be why they're inviting him on, but I'm not sure.

    I was just curious if anyone had any background on him or knew of any kind of reputation he has.
     
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  2. SashaMaria

    SashaMaria Wandering Pilgrim

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    Sorry, I’ve never heard of him. However, I checked on Youtube and there are videos of him on EWTN with Raymond Arroyo, giving a talk at the Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville, an interview with Ron Paul, etc., etc. I didn’t watch any of the videos but the main topic seems to be economics.

    He seems conservative nowadays.
     
  3. Fenwick

    Fenwick ☩ Broman Catholic ☩

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    I figured as much, people change after all.
     
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    Wolseley Beaucoup-Diên-Cai-Dāu

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    He used to be with the Paulists in Grand Rapids, MI. I was living there at the time, and I attended many Masses at the Paulist parish there. I met Fr. Sirico several times, and he heard my confession a few times. He always seemed okay to me; fairly conservative. He never gave me any bad or unorthodox advice in the confessional.

    The only thing I found a little odd about him was that he took a leave of absence from the Paulists for a while and formed a conservative think tank called the "Acton Institute". It wasn't anything weird or outlandish, but I thought at the time it was sort of an odd thing for a priest to be involved in---it was primarily a secular enterprise, as I recall, but I don't remember much about it.

    All this was better than 25 years ago, so what he's been involved in since then, I have no idea; but as I say, when I knew him he seemed like a decent enough guy and an okay priest.
     
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