US Cardinal encourages business schools to form principled leaders

by Adelaide Mena, Catholic New Agency  |  published on April 3, 2014

Cardinal Peter Turkson has encouraged business school faculty to teach their students about the Church’s social teaching and to form them in ethics, morals, and stewardship.

During his April 1 address, the cardinal pointed to the Church’s social doctrine and its use in business, asking “that your graduates develop themselves to be ‘principled leaders,’ not merely market technicians, with their guidance provided by a ‘faith with works’ philosophy.”

Cardinal Turkson, who is president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, was speaking at the 2014 Business Ethics Conference for deans of Catholic schools of business, held in Houston, Texas.

“Faith is incomplete without a vision of the world and our place within it – our works,” the cardinal said, explaining that Catholic social teaching is built upon the truth that Christ “looked for more than faith alone” – for Christians to follow him in action, as well.

The principles underlying the Church’s social teaching are human dignity, the common good, solidarity, subsidiarity, and stewardship, he explained.

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