Sharing <i>Gaudium et Spes</i> through <i>Vocation of the Business Leader</i>

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Angela Senander


The recent Spanish translation of Vocation of the Business Leader serves as a reminder of how little attention theologians have given to the earlier version of the document issued by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace nearly three years ago.  The fiftieth anniversary of Gaudium et Spes serves as an opportunity to examine the relationship between Gaudium et Spes and Vocation of the Business Leader in three ways. First, we will examine the way in which Gaudium et Spes’s methodology of reading the signs of the times illuminates both the origins and structure of Vocation of the Business Leader. Second, we will evaluate Gaudium et Spes’s advocacy of dialogue and its implications for engaging business leaders. Third, we will consider the contributions of the language of Gaudium et Spes to Vocation of the Business Leader, in relationship both to the latter’s title and to avoiding corporate scandal.

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Angela Senander, University of St. Thomas (MN)

Angela Senander is an associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas and a research fellow at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. She is the author of <i>Scandal: The Catholic Church and Public Life</i> (Liturgical Press, 2012).