Business as a Vocation: Catholic Social Teaching and Business Education

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Cardinal Peter K. A. Turkson

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Building on Vocation of the Business Leader, the recently released document from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, along with input from Catholic business and educational leaders from around the world, this essay examines five pillars on which a Catholic business school should build its mission: foundations; the purpose of business; the vocation of the business leader; proper conduct in business; and the balanced life. Based on these pillars, the essay explores its institutional implications and future possibilities.

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Cardinal Peter K. A. Turkson

Cardinal Turkson, former Archbishop of Cape Coast Ghana, is President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. This article is an adaptation of Cardinal Turkson’s remarks at the 8th International Conference on Catholic Social Thought and Management Education at the University of Dayton (June 18-20, 2012).