The Catholic University of America

I. General Questions

Economic Context

  1. Do we have a right to private property?
  2. How should each person use his or her private
    property?
  3. Does the state have a role in facilitating the universal destination
    of goods?
  4. Does the Catholic Church recommend any specific economic
    model (e.g., capitalism, socialism)?
  5. Is Catholic social teaching on economics some sort of middle or
    third way between capitalism and socialism?
  6. Does socialism fit with Catholic teaching?
  7. Does capitalism fit with Catholic teaching?
  8. What is the role of the state in the economy, and how should it
    perform this role?
  9. Can unjust economic structures actually lead people to
    sin?
  10. How do we overcome unjust economic structures?
  11. Is reforming unjust economic structures suficient to achieve
    economic justice?
  12. Is the Church in favor of globalization?

Applicability of Catholic Teaching to Business Issues

  1. Is there a spiritual significance to work?
  2. Is Catholic teaching relevant to business management?
  3. Will following Church teaching lead businesses to be less
    profitable?
  4. What is the foundational principle of Catholic social doctrine?
  5. Do the principles of Catholic social teaching apply only to Catholics?
  6. How do we implement these principles when working with non-Catholics?
  7. Does Catholic social teaching apply only at the level of principle, with the practical application always left to the laity?
  8. How are we to apply the principles of Catholic social teaching
    to particular business practices?
  9. Who bears responsibility for fulfilling the principles of Catholic social teaching?
  10. What are the responsibilities of lay Catholics for fulfilling the
    principles of Catholic social teaching?
  11. What should lay people aspire to in fulfilling these principles?
  12. What specific responsibilities do lay people have within the
    economy?

Moral Dilemmas in Business

  1. Is it ever acceptable to do something immoral in business in order to achieve a greater good (e.g., prevent the company from going bankrupt and save thousands of jobs)?
  2. What if we are forced (by law, or by company policy) to do
    something that is intrinsically evil (e.g., dispense contraceptive
    products)?
  3. Does that mean that we can have absolutely no involvement
    with anything that has any evil aspect in business?