Catholic Social Thought and Business Ethics

Catholic social thought is a body of theological and pastoral teaching developed by the Catholic Church over the past two centuries in an ongoing process of responding to the social and economic challenges of modernity. Catholic social thought integrates the theory, methods, and discoveries of contemporary science and humanities disciplines in seeking to interpret authentically for modern times an enduring sacred wisdom tradition rooted in ancient biblical texts, historical events, and liturgical rituals. This entry highlights the historical development of Catholic social thought, its key themes, and its relevance to modern business and society.

Historical Development of Catholic Social Thought

The encyclical, Rerum Novarum (Concerning Labor), issued in 1891 by Pope Leo XIII, is generally thought to mark the beginning of modern Catholic social thought, although ...

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