A Catechism For Business

A Catechism For Business

Andrew V. Abela
Joseph E. Capizzi
Copyright Date: 2014
Pages: 152
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    A Catechism For Business
    Book Description:

    A Catechism for Business presents the teachings of the Catholic Church as they relate to more than one hundred specific and challenging moral questions that have been asked by business leaders. Andrew V. Abela and Joseph E. Capizzi have assembled the relevant quotations from recent Catholic social teaching as responses to these questions. Questions and answers are grouped under major topics such as marketing, finance, and investment. Business ethics questions can be too subtle for definitive yes / no answers, so the book offers no more and no less than church teaching on each particular question. Where the church has offered definitive answers, the book provides them. When the church has not, the book offers guidelines for reflection and insights into what one should consider in given situations.

    eISBN: 978-0-8132-2586-9
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-xiv)
  3. Introduction
    (pp. xv-xxvi)

    The incidence of scandal arising from ethical violations in the business world has been increasing over the past several years. At work, many managers who consider themselves to be faithful are all too willing to “check their religion at the door,” often simply because they are unaware of the implications of their faith for their business practices. The purpose of this book is to help change this state of affairs by presenting the teachings of the Catholic Church as they relate to specific questions in business ethics.

    Catholic social teaching has been called “the Church’s bestkept secret.” This is especially...

  4. 1 General Questions
    (pp. 1-36)

    “In the beginning God entrusted the earth and its resources to the common stewardship of mankind to take care of them, master them by labor, and enjoy their fruits. [footnote reference to Gn 1:26–29] The goods of creation are destined for the whole human race. However, the earth is divided up among men to assure the security of their lives, endangered by poverty and threatened by violence. The appropriation of property is legitimate for guaranteeing the freedom and dignity of persons and for helping each of them to meet his basic needs and the needs of those in his...

  5. 2 Finance and Investing
    (pp. 37-44)

    “Naturally, profit is legitimate and, in just measure, necessary for economic development.”

    —Benedict XVI, Angelus (September 23, 2007)

    “The Church acknowledges the legitimaterole of profitas an indication that a business is functioning well.”

    —John Paul II,Centesimus annus,35

    “Profits are necessary…. They make possible the investments that ensure the future of a business and they guarantee employment.”

    Catechism of the Catholic Church,2432 (584)

    “The purpose of a business firm is not simply to make a profit, but is to be found in its very existence as acommunity of personswho in various ways are endeavoring...

  6. 3 Management
    (pp. 45-80)

    “In determining fair pay both the needs and the contributions of each person must be taken into account. ‘Remuneration for work should guarantee man the opportunity to provide a dignified livelihood for himself and his family on the material, social, cultural and spiritual level, taking into account the role and the productivity of each, the state of the business, and the common good.’” [footnote reference toGaudium et spes,67, no. 2]

    Catechism of the Catholic Church,2434 (584–85)

    “A workman’s wages should be sufficient to enable him to support himself, his wife and his children.”

    —John Paul II,...

  7. 4 Marketing and Sales
    (pp. 81-106)

    Editors’ note:The free operation of markets is insufficient for determining what should and should not be produced; producers, as well as consumers and the public authorities, must exercise responsibility for such decisions.

    “Needs ought to be contrasted with mere wants, which might be characterized as satisfying desires which do not contribute to human well-being. In extreme cases, meeting such desires may even be detrimental to human well-being as, for example, in the sale of non-therapeutic drugs, pornography, gambling, violent video games, and other harmful products.”

    —Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace,Vocation of the Business Leader,42

    “Of itself,...

  8. 5 Manufacturing
    (pp. 107-112)

    “The following [is] also morally illicit:… work poorly done.”

    Catechism of the Catholic Church,2409 (579)

    “Man thinks that he can make arbitrary use of the earth, subjecting it without restraint to his will, as though it did not have its own requisites and a prior God-given purpose, which man can indeed develop but must not betray. Instead of carrying out his role as a co-operator with God in the work of creation, man sets himself up in place of God and thus ends up provoking a rebellion on the part of nature, which is more tyrannized than governed by...

  9. 6 International Business
    (pp. 113-118)

    “The following [is] also morally illicit: … corruption in which one influences the judgment of those who must make decisions according to law.”

    Catechism of the Catholic Church,2409 (579)

    “The responsibility of the indirect employer differs from that of the direct employer … but it remains a true responsibility: the indirect employer substantially determines one or other facet of the labor relationship, thus conditioning the conduct of the direct employer when the latter determines in concrete terms the actual work contract and labor relations….

    “The attainment of the worker’s rights cannot however be deemed to be merely a result...

  10. 7 Particularly Morally Sensitive Industries
    (pp. 119-136)

    “In the moral domain, [the International Congress of Catholic Pharmacists] is invited to address the issue of conscientious objection, which is a right your profession must recognize, permitting you not to collaborate either directly or indirectly by supplying products for the purpose of decisions that are clearly immoral such as, for example, abortion or euthanasia.”

    —Benedict XVI, address to members of the International Congress of Catholic Pharmacists (October 29, 2007)

    “The passing of unjust laws often raises difficult problems of conscience for morally upright people with regard to the issue of cooperation, since they have a right to demand not...

  11. 8 Conclusion
    (pp. 137-140)

    “Even in the most difficult and complex times, besides recognizing what is happening, we must above all else turn to God’s love.”

    —Benedict XVI,Caritas in veritate,79

    “The Church’s social doctrine holds that authentically human social relationships of friendship, solidarity and reciprocity can also be conducted within economic activity, and not only outside it or ‘after’ it. The economic sphere is neither ethically neutral, nor inherently inhuman and opposed to society. It is part and parcel of human activity and precisely because it is human, it must be structured and governed in an ethical manner.”

    —Benedict XVI,Caritas in...

  12. Index
    (pp. 141-144)