The Catholic University of America

Introduction

There appears to be a decline in faith in the market economy as the engine of prosperity for all. A renewed focus on solidarity—love of others—in the marketplace could draw more people into the “circle of exchange” (Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 34), strengthen confidence in the market economy and drive greater liberty and prosperity.

But do the concepts of liberty and solidarity really belong together in commercial activity? An individualistic perspective sees them as opposing one another: solidarity, to the extent that it obliges me to “lose myself” in the service of others, seems to put a limit on my economic freedom. By contrast, the Church teaches that we become more free, the more we commit ourselves to the service of others, and also that without solidarity we would not be able to maintain the conditions necessary for the operation of a free market.

Solidarity “is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.”
                        Pope John Paul II, Solicitudo Rei Socialis, 38

“The more one does what is good, the freer one becomes. There is no true freedom except in the service of what is good and just. The choice to disobey and do evil is an abuse of freedom and leads to ‘the slavery of sin’ (Rom 6:17).”
                                Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1733

“Without internal forms of solidarity and mutual trust, the market cannot completely fulfill its proper economic function…the principle of gratuitousness and the logic of gift as an expression of fraternity can and must find their place within normal economic activity”
                        Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 35-36

“At the heart of biblical faith is God’s love, his concrete concern for every person, and his plan of salvation which embraces all of humanity and all creation, culminating in the incarnation, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Without insight into these realities, there is no criterion for discerning what makes human life precious and unique.” Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei, 54 Business is a vocation, and a noble vocation, provided that those engaged in it see themselves challenged by a greater meaning in life; this will enable them truly to serve the common good by striving to increase the goods of this world and to make them more accessible to all.
                                  Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 203

What can we do to foster both liberty and solidarity in the contemporary economy?

What ideas should be proposed (or re-proposed) and what practical steps can be taken?

How should one live the vocation to business? 

Schedule

Preliminary Schedule 

The schedule may be downloaded here.

Tuesday, September 23

     
6:00 pm

Traveler’s Mass
Rev. Robert Spitzer, S.J.

 

Portrait Room,
Mandarin Oriental

 6:30 pm

Dinner
On your own

 

 9:00 pm

Cigar and Cocktail
Reception

 Gallery Terrace,
Mandarin Oriental

 

Wednesday, September 24

 8:00 am

Mass

 Portrait Room,
Mandarin Oriental

 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Confessions

 Freer Room,
Mandarin Oriental

 11:00 am and 11:30 am

Bus Departure
(Liturgy of the hours
during bus ride)

 Ballroom Level Entrance (To the left of the escalator)
Mandarin Oriental

11:30 am - 1:00 pm                       Registration/Lunch

Great Room A, Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center

1:00 pm Welcome and
Opening Remarks

Great Room B,

Pryzbyla Center

  Session I: The Challenge of the Vocation to
Business
 
1:15 pm

Cardinal Turkson
President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
What does it mean to say that business is a vocation?

 

Great Room B,

Pryzbyla Center

1:45 pm Francis Russell Hittinger
William K. Warren Professor of Catholic Studies Research or Law, University of Tulsa
What are the main theological and philosophical challenges to living this vocation?

 Great Room B,
Pryzbyla Center

2:15 pm Break  
 2:30 pm   Robert G. Kennedy
Professor of Ethics and Business Law, University of St. Thomas
What role do the virtues play in the business vocation?
 Great Room B,
Pryzbyla Center
3:00 pm Sean Fieler
President, Equinox Partners
What are some practical challenges with living the vocation to business?
 Great Room B,
Pryzbyla Center
3:30 pm  Break   
4:30 pm 

Opening Mass
Cardinal Turkson

Blessed Sacrament Chapel,
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
5:30 pm  Bus Departure  Front Roundabout,
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
6:30 pm  Cocktail Reception  Gallery Room,
Mandarin Oriental
7:30 pm  Opening Dinner
Casual dress
Trinitas Wine Tasting
 Gallery Room,
Mandarin Oriental
  9:00 pm         Cigar and Cocktail Reception  Gallery Terrace,
Mandarin Oriental

 Thursday, September 25

                        

Session II: Solidarity is the Answer

 
7:15
am 
Bus Departure
(Liturgy of the hours
during bus ride)

Ballroom Level Entrance (To the left of the escalator),
Mandarin Oriental

8:00 am  

 

Mass

 

 Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
9:00 am Breakfast  Great Room A, Pryzbyla Center
9:45 am Catherine Pakaluk
Assistant Professor of Economics, Ave Maria University
What is solidarity, and how does it apply to the marketplace?
 Great Room B, Pryzbyla Center
10:15 am Mary Hirschfeld
Assistant Professor of Economics and Theology, Villanova University
How should we understand private property in the context
of solidarity?
 Great Room B, Pryzbyla Center
10:45 am Break  
11:00 am Frank J. Hanna III
CEO, Hanna Capital
How does the practice of solidarity in business strengthen
Human relationships and promote human flourishing?
Great Room B, Pryzbyla Center
11:30 am Edward Hadas
Economics Editor, Reuters Breakingviews
How can firms have solidarity with the poor?
 Great Room B, Pryzbyla Center
12:00 pm Break  
12:15 pm Andrew Abela
Dean, School of Business and Economics, The Catholic University of America
How do we build solidarity in and through business?
 Great Room B, Pryzbyla Center
12:45 pm Lunch  Great Room A, Pryzbyla Center
  Session III: Solidarity and Liberty - the role of 
Subsidiarity
 
2:00 pm Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
Archbishop of Chicago
Why does solidarity need subsidiarity, and vice versa?
 Great Room B, Pryzbyla Center
2:30 pm George Garvey
Professor of Law, Columbus School of Law In what ways does the legal environment facilitate or hinder solidarity and subsidiarity in business?
 Great Room B, Pryzbyla Center
3:00 pm Break  
3:15 pm Samuel Gregg
Director of Research, Acton Institute
How can liberty and solidarity address the problem of crony capitalism?
 Great Room B, Pryzbyla Center
3:45 pm Brian Engelland
Professor of Marketing, The Catholic University of America
How do firms foster the exercise of subsidiarity?
 Great Room B, Pryzbyla Center
4:30 pm Bus Departure Parking Lot,
Pryzbyla Center
5 - 6 pm Confessions Freer Room, Mandarin Oriental
6:00 pm Mass Portrait Room, Mandarin Oriental
6:30 pm Cocktail Reception  Gallery Room
Mandarin Oriental
7:30 pm

Dinner
Business Attire

Keynote Speaker
Arthur C. Brooks
President, American Enterprise Institute
Building an Economy that Serves the Poor

 Gallery Room
Mandarin Oriental
9:00 pm After-Dinner Reception  Gallery Terrace
Mandarin Oriental

 Friday, September 26

6:45 am Mass
Rev. Robert Spitzer, S.J.
Portrait Room, Mandarin Oriental
 7:15 am Bus Departure
(Rosary during bus ride)
Ballroom Level Entrance (To the left of the escalator)
Mandarin Oriental
8:00 am Breakfast Great Room A, Pryzbyla Center
                                       Session IV: Living Solidarity in the Marketplace, through the Vocation to Business   
8:30 am Joseph Capizzi
Associate Professor, Moral Theology and Ethics, The Catholic University of America
How do solidarity, liberty, and gift work together in the Christian life?
Great Room B, Pryzbyla Center
9:00 am Andrew Yuengert
Professor of Economics, Pepperdine University
What are our degrees of freedom for living solidarity?
Great Room B, Pryzbyla Center
9:30 am Andreas Widmer
Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, The Catholic University of America
How to live the vocation to business, starting today?
Great Room B, Pryzbyla Center
10:00 am Closing remarks Great Room B, Pryzbyla Center
10:30 am Mass Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
 
11:00 am Bus Departure Front Roundabout,
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
 

Conference Presentations

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Liberty and Solidarity: Living the Vocation to Business - Conference Proceedings (Hi-res)
 
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  • Session I: The Challenge of the Vocation to Business
Cardinal Turkson

President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
What does it mean to say that business is a vocation? Hi-res
What does it mean to say that business is a vocation? Lo-res

Francis Russell Hittinger
William K. Warren Chair of Catholic Studies and Research, University of Tulsa
What are the main theological and philosophical challenges to living this vocation? Hi-res
What are the main theological and philosophical challenges to living this vocation? Lo-res

Robert G. Kennedy
Professor of Ethics and Business Law, University of St. Thomas
What role do the virtues play in the business vocation? Hi-res
What role do the virtues play in the business vocation? Lo-res

Sean Fieler
President, Equinox Partners
What are some practical challenges with living the vocation to business? Hi-res
What are some practical challenges with living the vocation to business? Lo-res

  • Session II: Solidarity is the Answer

Catherine Pakaluk
Assistant Professor of Economics, Ave Maria University
What is solidarity, and how does it apply to the marketplace? Hi-res
What is solidarity, and how does it apply to the marketplace? Lo-res

Mary Hirschfeld
Assistant Professor of Economics and Theology, Villanova University
How should we understand private property in the context of solidarity? Hi-res
How should we understand private property in the context of solidarity? Lo-res

Frank J. Hanna III
CEO, Hanna Capital
How does the practice of solidarity in business strengthen human relationships and promote human flourishing? Hi-res
How does the practice of solidarity in business strengthen human relationships and promote human flourishing? Lo-res

Edward Hadas
Economics Editor, Reuters Breakingviews
How can firms have solidarity with the poor? Hi-res
How can firms have solidarity with the poor? Lo-res

Andrew Abela
Dean, School of Business and Economics, The Catholic University of America
How can we build solidarity in and through business? Hi-res
How can we build solidarity in and through business? Lo-res

  • Session III: Solidarity and Liberty—the role of Subsidiarity
George Garvey

Professor of Law, Columbus School of Law
In what ways does the legal environment facilitate or hinder solidarity and subsidiarity in business? Hi-res
In what ways does the legal environment facilitate or hinder solidarity and subsidiarity in business? Lo-res

Samuel Gregg
Director of Research, Acton Institute
How can liberty and solidarity address the problem of crony capitalism? Hi-res
How can liberty and solidarity address the problem of crony capitalism? Lo-res

Brian Engelland
Professor of Marketing, The Catholic University of America
How do firms foster the exercise of subsidiarity? Hi-res
How do firms foster the exercise of subsidiarity? Lo-res

Arthur Brooks
President, American Enterprise Institute
Building an economy that serves the poor Hi-res
Building an economy that serves the poor Lo-res

  • Session IV: Living Solidarity in the Marketplace, through the Vocation to Business

Joseph Capizzi
Associate Professor, Moral Theology and Ethics, The Catholic University of America
How do solidarity, liberty, and gift work together in the Christian life? Hi-res
How do solidarity, liberty, and gift work together in the Christian life? Lo-res

Andrew Yuengert
Professor of Economics, Pepperdine University
What are our degrees of freedom for living solidarity? Hi-res
What are our degrees of freedom for living solidarity? Lo-res

Andreas Widmer
Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, The Catholic University of America
How do we live the vocation to business, starting today? Hi-res
How do we live the vocation to business, starting today? Lo-res

 

 

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