Paris, France -- Starting with Caritas in Veritate

On October 10 the Sixth Seminar for Business Executives was held in Paris, organized by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Its topic was “The social thought of the Church: challenges in confronting the economic crisis.” The sessions were organized around the presentation of the Encyclical Caritas in Veritate. After an introduction to the conference by the president of Des Prêtres pour Toutes les Nations (DPTN), Archbishop Francesco Monterisi, former Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops (having stepped down on July 3), presented Benedict XVI’s Encyclical.

A round table followed, with a former French Minister of Industry, an entrepreneur, and a banker speaking about the current economic crisis. A journalist acted as moderator.

Bishop Dominique Rey, of Fréjus-Toulon, spoke about the Church’s social doctrine and the need to make it known to priests, seminarians, and lay people. The concluding talk of the conference was by Msgr. Martin Schlag, coordinator of the Markets, Culture, and Ethics research center at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

A goal of this annual seminar is to make known the academic work being carried out by the university and to seek financial aid, while going more deeply into the teaching of the Church. The practical organization was handled by the DPTN association, which channels the donations of many people for the formation of the clergy.

Romana, n. 50, January-June 2010, p. 166.

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