Thursday, August 28, 2014

Catechism for Business in The Pilot

Following A Catechism for Business' article in Zenit earlier this month, The Boston Pilot also chose to feature the book last week.

Read the full article here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Catechism for Business Featured by Zenit

Dean Abela's newest book, A Catechism for Business, was featured over the weekend by Zenit, a non-profit news agency whose objective is to report topics and events that are particularly interesting for Christians everywhere.

We invite you to read the full article here.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Catechism for Business Reached European Audiences

The preeminent English language Catholic news magazine in Europe, The Tablet, publishes In Pursuit of Caring Capitalism, an article by Dean Abela in which he explains to what extent CUA's School of Business and Economics conforms to Pope Francis’ teachings about capitalism.

To learn more about the unique mission of the recently founded School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America please visit http://business.cua.edu/

Friday, July 11, 2014

'A Catechism for Business' Makes Summer Reading List from the Prominent Theologian George Weigel

A Catechism for Business, co-edited by Dr. Andrew Abela and Dr. Joseph Capizzi, was published and launched this past March 2014. The book aims to serve as a reference guide for business leaders who want to run their business according to Church teaching while making tough decisions every day. The book takes exact excerpts from Church teaching and applies the excerpts to a topic or question that business leaders often face.

A Catechism for Business has been reviewed and endorsed by John Allen, Francis Cardinal George, Carl Anderson, Patrick Lencioni and many more. Most recently, George Weigel compiled a summer reading list for First Things which included Dean Abela's book.

Please read the full First Things article here. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Dean Abela Presents A Catechism for Business to Pope Francis

On May 10, 2014, Dean Abela presented a copy of his new book, A Catechism for Business, co-edited with Dr. Joseph Capizzi of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, to Pope Francis.  Dean Abela was in Rome attending the annual conference of the Fondazione Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice, a Vatican organization established by Pope St. John Paul II for the promotion of the Social Doctrine of the Church.

                   Dean Abela presenting his book A Catechism for Business to Pope Francis.                   
Photo @ L'Observatore Romano
The conference was focused on whether solidarity and fraternity can be factors in business decisions.  Explicitly stated was the knowledge that “corporate responsibility,” as it is commonly understood, is not enough to address the economic problems of our age.  Rather, the conference brought together prominent business leaders and members of the academic community to discuss the need for a “more dynamic” understanding of fraternity in economics and the practical implications it would have on the business world.  Dean Abela led an interview of five business executives who discussed the application of Catholic solidarity in business decisions.  

A Catechism for Business draws together the Church’s Social Doctrine on business, organized by topic and question.  It serves as a reference guide for Catholic business leaders who wish to deepen their faith and grow in their understanding of Catholic Social Doctrine as applied to business. 

To learn more about A Catechism for Business, please visit the book’s webpage at http://catechismforbusiness.com/

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

CUA’s School of Business and Economics at the 10th Annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast


On May 13, 2014, Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, the School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America, sponsored the 10th Annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC.  The National Catholic Prayer Breakfast was formed in 2004 to answer Pope St. John Paul II’s call to begin a New Evangelization.  The breakfast has included many notable speakers over the years, including President George W. Bush and Cardinal Raymond Burke. 

This year’s presenters included Dr. Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, and His Eminence Sean Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston.  Both spoke about the need for Catholics to be strong witnesses for their Faith.  Professor George focused on the cost of discipleship and encouraged Catholics to live the Gospel and remain strong in their faith in a world which is becoming increasingly hostile to those who truly believe and practice their faith.  Cardinal O’Malley spoke of the need for Catholics to actively evangelize and be missionaries in their communities, often referring to the life of the Servant of God, Dorothy Day. 

CUA’s School of Business and Economics is committed to integrating the Catholic principles of human dignity, solidarity, subsidiarity, and the common good with all aspects of business and economics.  We prepare our students to be the business leaders with integrity and conviction that modern society demands.

Seniors Andrew Kueppers, Madeline Llopis, and Cassandra Lim attended the breakfast on behalf of the School of Business and Economics.  All three seniors have received and accepted job offers.  Madeline and Cassie have accepted jobs with KPMG in Washington, DC.  Andrew Kueppers will be working for Travelers Insurance as an accountant.  Andrew is also the recipient of this year’s President’s Award, the highest university award which is presented to a graduating senior each year.  We congratulate these students as they graduate on Saturday May 17th.

Copies of the new book A Catechism for Business were also available to attendees who visited the exhibitor tables before the breakfast.  The catechism was co-edited by Dr. Andrew Abela, Dean of the School of Business and Economics, and Dr. Joseph Capizzi of the School of Theology and Religious Studies.  A Catechism for Business draws together the Church’s Social Doctrine on business, organized by topic and question.  It serves as a reference guide for Catholic business leaders who wish to deepen their faith and grow in their understanding of Catholic Social Doctrine as applied to business.  To learn more, visit the book’s webpage here: http://catechismforbusiness.cua.edu/

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Profit Is Not the Main Purpose of Business

Many in our society hold a common misconception of the real purpose of business.  This misconception is that the sole reason for business is to make a profit.  Similarly, many also believe that profit is an evil, in some cases maybe a necessary evil, but still an evil.  In the following video clip from the book launch for A Catechism for Business, Dr. Abela discusses the purpose of business and the Church’s views on profit.  
 
Profit is not the purpose of business.  It is legitimate and required, but it is not the purpose of business.  The purpose of business is to do some good for some group of people.  Pope John Paul II said in Centesimus Annus, 35, “The purpose of a business firm is not simply to make a profit, but is to be found in its very existence as a community of persons who in various ways are endeavoring to satisfy their basic needs, and who form a particular group at the service of the whole of society.”

Follow this link or watch the video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI-q-kIIfrM