Potential pope candidate speaks at UD
One of the world’s leading Catholic theologians, who also has been mentioned as a potential candidate for pope, believes the values and principles of his faith can be applied to help any CEO or a company’s success.
Cardinal Peter Turkson, who was appointed in 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI to lead the church’s peace and justice council, said a career in business “is a noble pursuit.”
“At its best and most true to its nature and potential, business serves the common good,” he said.
Turkson, an outspoken advocate for reform of the world’s financial system, was the keynote speaker Monday at the 8th International Conference on Catholic Social Thought and Management Education held at the University of Dayton.
The conference continues through Wednesday.
Part of his message was to launch a new document “Vocation of the Business Leader: A Reflection,” produced by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
He challenged not only Catholic universities to apply their faith in educating business students, but for the business community to embrace Catholic principles in their daily operations and overall mission.
“I call on you, Catholic business professionals and educators and scholars, to discern and prophesy in your areas of competence,” said Turkson, a native of Ghana. “Use Catholic social doctrine as your lens for seeing.”
He outlined five basic pillars business education should comprise.
“Catholic business education should be well-founded, purposeful, vocational, ethical and formative,” Turkson said. [More]