Last year, four University of St. Thomas faculty members (Dr. Jeanne Buckeye, Dr. Kenneth Goodpaster, T. Dean Maines, and Dr. Michael Naughton) published Respect in Action: Applying the Subsidiarity in Business. Since then, the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought has hosted an event in February to continue the conversation and has also published several additional related resources.
The event, book, and resources all center around the Catholic Social Teaching theme of subsidiarity and its application in business practices. In CST, subsidiarity is described as the idea that “larger institutions in society should not overwhelm or interfere with smaller or local institutions, yet larger institutions have essential responsibilities” to help smaller institutions where they cannot assist themselves (“Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” 48).
The resources include a video recording of the event, a PowerPoint presentation on subsidiarity in business culture, and an annotated bibliography on subsidiarity.
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