Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 12, Issue 12, pp 981–994 | Cite as

A theological context of work from the Catholic Social Encyclical Tradition

  • Michael Naughton
  • Gene R. Laczniak
The Moral And Ethical Basis For A Just Economic Order: Differing Religious Perspectives On Pope John Paul II's Encyclical Centesimus Annus


This article draws upon 100 years of writings which are referred to as the Catholic Social Tradition (CST). Using this tradition as a guide, the nature of work is explored along with the principles and virtues which vitalize the deepest dimension of work — how it affects the dignity of the human person. It develops five operational ethical principles which can be applied to questions of workplace ethics. Organizational policies and programs that seem consistent with CST are also discussed.


Economic Growth Ethical Principle Human Person Organizational Policy Social Tradition 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Naughton
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gene R. Laczniak
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Management and TheologyUniversity of St. ThomasSt. PaulUSA
  2. 2.College of Business AdministrationMarquette UniversityMilwaukeeUSA

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