Tea Party Catholic
Tea Party Catholic

Tea Party Catholic

The Catholic Case for Limited Government, a Free Economy, and Human Flourishing

By Samuel Gregg, Foreword by Michael Novak


272 Pages, 5.25 x 8.25

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Publication Date: October 2013

ISBN 9780824520151


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"If you don't know Samuel Gregg's writings, you don't know one of the top two or three writers on the free society today."  —Michael Novak, bestselling author, Washington's God: Religion, Liberty, and the Father of Our Country

Targeting core tenets of the Tea Party movement, including political economy and economic history, Samuel Gregg makes the case for a new breed of conservative—the Tea Party Catholic. Long married to the conventional liberal ideologies of the past, American Catholics were largely wed to the political image of John F. Kennedy. Increasingly however, as Gregg declares, an ever-growing number of practicing Catholics have gravitated to the conservative side of American politics since the 1970s. Adding his voice to the popular chorus of conservative Catholics—which include his contemporary bestselling authors Michael Novak and Robert Sirico—Gregg examines the economic and social positions of the United States and defines where the Catholic Church falls on a host of issues, including a free-market economy, the welfare state, the role and size of government, and the very definition of liberty and freedom.


"If you don't know Samuel Gregg's writings, you don't know one of the top two or three writers on the free society today." —Michael Novak, author, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism

"In Centesimus Annus, Blessed John Paul II called for a 'society of free work, enterprise and participation.' In Tea Party Catholic, Samuel Gregg has put flesh on the skeleton. His work will reignite interest in the critical notion of the common good. Furthermore, it will help educate upcoming generations about the richness, diversity, and necessity of Catholic social teaching. It is a remarkably good read!" —George Cardinal Pell, Archbishop of Sydney

"Samuel Gregg is the intellectual leader of the second generation of Catholic proponents of limited government, religious liberty, and economic freedom. Gregg's book has things to say to all Catholic Americans, regardless of party allegiance . . . but also to Catholics living outside America." —Michael Novak, author of The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism and Washington's God

"There is abroad in the land a mistaken belief that Catholic social teaching is friendly to the entitlement society and hostile to limited government, the market economy, and economic freedom. A refutation of this error is long overdue, and now at last Samuel Gregg has provided it. The book is as carefully and, indeed, rigorously argued as it is provocatively titled. It is a great resource for anyone—Catholic or not—who wants to know what the Church really teaches about the moral requirements of the socio-economic and political orders." —Prof. Robert P. George, Princeton University

"A stimulating reading of Catholic social teaching and the American Founding and its application to some of today's most sharply contested public policy issues, particularly those touching on economic and religious freedom. Give it to your favorite Commonweal reader and let the debate begin!" —George Weigel, papal biographer and author of Evangelical Catholicism

"Rarely is a book as timely as this one. Some might say that Samuel Gregg has gone a long way toward reconciling the ideal of liberty, especially its economic and religious dimensions, expressed in the American Founding, with the Catholic faith. Actually, he has masterfully demonstrated the complementary and perhaps even Providential nature of this relationship. Gregg's clarity and scholarship are impressive and incisive." —Frank Hanna III, businessman, philanthropist, and author of What Your Money Means

Author Biography

Samuel Gregg is director of research at the Acton Institute and the author of several books, including John Paul II and the Development of Catholic Social Teaching, The Modern Papacy, and On Ordered Liberty. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.