Andrew Abela, provost, was quoted in an Arlington Catholic Herald preview story on the human ecology conference coming up in March. The conference was mentioned in a National Review column and covered by Catholic News Agency. Max Torres, associate professor, and director, management, was quoted in an Arlington Catholic Herald story on the conference. Catholic News Service published the Catholic Herald story. Zenit published Cardinal Turkson's remarks. See below.
Business leaders have role in caring for ‘our common home,’ says cardinal
From: Arlington Catholic Herald (also published by Catholic News Service)
Date: March 23, 2016
Author: Katie Scott
... Max Torres, a Catholic U. business and economics professor and director of the university’s management program, said that no matter what we do, “there will always be poverty.”
It is possible to feed someone forever and still not resolve their poverty, said Torres. When the church talks about poverty it “also is talking about all of us — some of us are materially poor, some spiritually poor, some educationally poor,” he said.
The state’s job is to create conditions in which “we can solve our own problems,” said Torres. ...
A look at how businesses can help the poor
From: Catholic News Agency
Date: March 22, 2016
Author: Matt Hadro
Businesses can care for both the poor and the created world by making decisions that focus on the human person and not merely profit, said Catholic leaders at a conference on Thursday.
Business “must always strive to meet genuine human needs rather than feed a culture of consumerism, a whirlwind, if you want, of needless buying and selling due to the slavery to consumerism,” Cardinal Peter Turkson said at a March 17 conference on human ecology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace added that businesses “should always put jobs before short-term profits.” ...
Cardinal Turkson’s Lecture at Catholic University of America
Date: March 18, 2016
Here is the text of Cardinal Peter Turkson’s address Thursday in Washington DC at Catholic University of America’s School of Business and Economics Napa Institute Conference on Human Ecology. The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace addressed the theme “Is business to care for our common home?”
You have kindly invited me to answer the following question: “Is business to care for our common home?” My answer is an unqualified “yes”, and indeed an urgent “yes”! To explore this issue, let me (A.) introduce Laudato si’, (B.) ask about humanity’s vocation to care for our common home, (C.) honour the three Popes from whom we are especially learning, and most importantly (D.) allow Laudato si’ and traditional Catholic Social Teaching to shed important light on each other and so on our vocation as human beings and as business leaders. (E.) I will conclude responding to the question, “Is business to care for our common home?” ...
The Little Sisters of the Poor and the Missionaries of Charity are true beacons in this dark world.
From: National Review
Date: March 21, 2016
Author: Kathryn Jean Lopez
From the point of view of sheer public relations, taking on the Little Sisters — of all the charitable foot-soldiers in the world — should have been the political equivalent of slapping babies.” Mary Eberstadt, author of the forthcoming book It’s Dangerous to Believe, was speaking last week at the Catholic University of America’s business school at a conference on human ecology co-sponsored by the Napa Institute.
Human ecology conference at Catholic U. to apply Catholic social teaching to business
From: Arlington Catholic Herald
Date: Feb. 24, 2016
Author: Katie Scott
The daily decisions of businesspeople, from the CEO of an international corporation to a burgeoning entrepreneur, can have lasting effects on politics, economics and culture, as well as on the poor and marginalized. An upcoming conference at Catholic University in Washington will explore how Catholic social teaching can inform such responsibility and offer practical ways attendees can practice their faith and promote inclusive prosperity.
The conference is co-hosted by the university’s school of business and economics and the Napa Institute, a California-based organization working to advance the Catholic faith in secular society.
To be a Catholic businessperson means more than attending Mass and keeping the Ten Commandments, said Andrew Abela, provost of Catholic U. and the first speaker at the March 16-18 event. “We also have the mandate to be Christ to others, (and) Catholic social doctrine addresses the moral and ethical quandaries business people face, offering useful principles to guide action.”
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