Rev. John Peter Pham

Rev. John Peter Pham, a priest of the Diocese of Peoria, is a fellow of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty. He holds advanced degrees in economics, theology, and canon law.

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The Virtuous Bourgeois

This book review first appeared in the June 1999 edition of Crisis Magazine. It continues yesterday’s symposium on the “bourgeois spirit.” See also Christopher Dawson’s essay, Catholicism and the Bourgeois Mind, Jeffrey Tucker’s reply, In Defense of Bourgeois Civilization, Gerard Russello’s account of Dawson’s contribution, and Crisis editor John Zmirak’s essay, Say It Loud: Bourgeois … Read more

Seminaries and Seminarians: A Profile

In Gift and Mystery, John Paul II’s poignant autobiographical meditations on his own vocation on the occasion of his fiftieth anniversary of priestly ordination, the pope described his formation in Krakow during the darkest days of World War II: In the autumn of 1942 I made my final decision to enter the Krakow seminary, which … Read more

America’s Seminaries: A House Built on Sand

This fall, some 2,400 men returned from summer months spent studying, working, ministering, or simply vacationing to resume the road to the diocesan priesthood in America’s seminaries. How prepared are these men to undertake the studies that will lead them to the altar of God? A decade-old report from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United … Read more

Render Unto Caesar

It hardly requires the Delphic Oracle to predict that a day of reckoning is fast approaching for the much-criticized American tax system. Whether the long-awaited change takes the form of a more-or-less dramatic overhaul of the present system of graduated income taxation or its complete replacement by one of the schemes being proposed—the flat tax … Read more

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