Monday, May 19, 2014

Dean Abela Presents A Catechism for Business to Pope Francis

On Saturday May 10, 2014,  Andrew Abela, Dean of the School of Business and Economics, 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

Stewart McHie, Director-Master of Science in Business Analysis

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations to Dr. Abela on such a wonderful accomplishment and opportunity to present Pope Francis with his book! Dr. Abela was kind enough to provide every student in the MSBA 2014-2015 class with a copy of his book! After reading the book, I had a new found respect for the ethical challenges represented to people in business, and all vocations, on a daily basis. Dr. Abela manages to give a realistic depiction of the business world, ethical questions, and how to maintain values, specifically Christian values, in your daily life. The book is not always black and white, as life is not, so Dr. Abela helps to break down situations and guide the reader through the process. I would highly recommend the book! It is well-written, matter-of-fact, and very educational! Very suitable for anyone entering the business world!