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How Church teachings can help us build better organizations





Business is our vocation! (#1, Vocation of the Business Leader)

1. In the Gospel, Jesus tells us: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Lk 12:48). Businesspeople have been given great resources and the Lord asks them to do great things. This is your vocation. In this young century alone, many businesses have already brought forth marvellous innovations which have cured disease, brought people closer together through technology and created prosperity in countless ways. Unfortunately, this century has also brought business scandals and serious economic disturbances, and an erosion of trust in business organisations and in free-market institutions generally. For Christian business leaders, this is a time that calls for the witness of faith, the confidence of hope, and the practice of love.

COMMENTARY:  Business is our vocation!  It is what God has called us to do.  But we have to build our businesses according to the teachings of the Church, just as we have to live other parts of our lives according to those teachings.  I was surprised that the Church had a lot to say about how businesses should function.  The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church summarized 125 years of Catholic social teaching, a portion of which discusses business (primarily Chapter 6).  The Vocation of the Business Leader is another excellent document that summarizes much of that teaching in 87 digestible bullets.  We will explore those 87 points in this blog.