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The Good Stewards

The Good Stewards

THE GOOD STEWARDS

Practical Applications of the Papal Social Vision of Work

 

 

by Michael Naughton

University Press of America
1992

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS 

PREFACE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

1. PROBLEM AND METHOD

Three Visions for Organizing Work                               

Bridging the Gap                         

Defining Work                            

The Activity of Work                          

Four Organizational Dimensions of Work

Preview and Limitations                         

 

2. THE ROOTS OF THE PAPAL SOCIAL VISION OF WORK

Formation and Human Dignity                           

Leo XIII: Rerum novarum

Pius XI: Quadragesimo anno

Pius XII: “Allocutions”

Remuneration and Justice                                  

Wage Justice

Leo XIII: Commutative Justice
Pius XI: Social Justice
Pius XIII: Social Justice

Ownership of the Means of Production                                 

Leo XIII: Individual Property of Owners
Pius XI: The Social Function of Property
Pius XII: Re-emphasizing the individual Function

Process and The Partnership Contract                          

Leo XIII: Principle of Association

Pius XI: The Partnership Contract

Pius XII: The Codetermination Debate

Product: Virtue and the Common Good                         

Leo XIII: Products and Virtue

Pius XI: The Virtue of Magnificence

Pius XII: Meeting the Common Need

Summary                         

 

3. JOHN XXIII: A NATURAL LAW VISION OF WORK

Formation: Human Dignity                                 

Personal Nature of the Individual

Social Nature of the Individual

Remuneration: Justice and Equity, and Ownership                              

John XXIII’s use of “Justice and Equity”

Ownership of Means of Production

Process: Worker Participation                           

Natural law

Structural Changes

The Product: and the Common Good                             

The Product, Remuneration, and the Common Good

Obligations of the Wealthy

Summary                         

 

4. JOHN PAUL II: A SCRIPTURAL VISION OF WORK

Formation; God’s Image                        

Genesis: The Image of God

The Moral Order

Remuneration: Dominion and Common Use                             

Dominion and Distribution

The Moral Order

The Process: Co-Creators and Participants                              

Co-Creation

The Moral Order

The Product: Stewardship and the Common Good                               

Dominion as a Form of Stewardship

The Moral Order

Summary                         

 

5. PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF PAPAL SOCIAL THOUGHT

Remuneration                             

Family Wages: Gainsharing/Indirect Employer

Employee Stock Ownership Plans

Process                            

Quality Circles

Work-teams

Product Investments                               

The Content and Quality of What is Produced

The Social Costs of Products

 

CONCLUSION

BIBLIOGRAPHY