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Syllabus of the Subject- Catholicism (Christianity): Ethics and Business. Catholics Business People.

Catholicism: Ethics and Business

The Subject “Catholicism: Ethics and Business” consists of six parts:

1- Introduction to Catholicism.

  1. Introduction to the Catholic Church (Christianity)
  2. Pope of Rome
  3. Doctrine of Papal Infallibility
  4. Holy Eucharist (Catholic Sacrament)
  5. Eastern Catholic Churches
  6. Maronites
  7. Chaldeans
  8. Case Study: Caritas

2- Catholicism in the World

  1. Africa
  2. America
  3. Asia
  4. Europe

3- Catholicism and the Western Christian Civilisation

Catholicism and the Western Christian Civilisation

  1. European Economic Area
  2. American Economic Area (Latin American, North American, and the Caribbean)
  3. Oceania

4- Spiritual Leaders

Catholic Spiritual Leaders

  1. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
  2. Vincent Ferrer
  3. Hans Kung

5- Catholic Business People

  1. Amancio Ortega (Spain)
  2. Antonio Moraes and John Robert Marinho (Brazil)
  3. Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo (Colombia)
  4. Thomas Monaghan (United States)
  5. Carlos Slim (Mexico)
  6. Nadhmi Shakir Auchi (Iraq)
  7. Isabel dos Santos (Angola)

6- Catholic intellectuals and personalities

  1. Joseph Ki-Zerbo
  2. Théophile Obenga
  3. Elikia M'Bokolo
  4. Victor Schoelcher
  5. Marcus Garvey
  6. Leopold Sédar Senghor

The purposes of the subject “Catholicism: Ethics and Business” are the following.

  1. To understand the fundamentals of Catholicism
  2. To know the fundamental role of the Catholic Church and Pope of Rome in Catholicism
  3. To understand the ethical principles of Catholicism
  4. To learn about the influence of Catholicism on business
  5. To analyse the figures of Catholic business people and personalities
  6. To know the distribution of Catholicism in the World
  7. To analyse the role of Catholicism on the Christian Western Civilisation
The Subject (e-learning) “Catholicism: Ethics and Business” is part of the following Higher Education Programs (EENI- School of Business & HA University):
  1. Doctorates: Religion and Business, America, Europe, Africa
  2. Masters (e-learning): International Business, America

Learning materials in Higher Education in English or Tertiary Education in Spanish Catolicismo Post-secondary Education in French Catholicisme

Amancio Ortega, the third-richest men in the World:
Amancio Ortega (Spanish Philanthropist)

Description of the Subject (Online Learning): Catholicism (Ethics and Business)

Christianity is the most “globalised” religion (in Greek, Catholic means “universal”), with about 2,300 million followers worldwide, followed by Islam with 1,977 million, and Hinduism.

Namely, one-third of humanity is Christian. About half of Christians are Catholics (1,200 million).

50% of all Christendom is Catholic, 37% Protestant, and 12% Orthodoxy. The other Christian traditions (Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses) represent 1% of all Christendom.

Roman Catholicism, based in Rome, is the majority in Central and Southern Europe, Ireland, and South America.

Number of Catholics (million people):

  1. America: 515
  2. Europe: 236
  3. Africa: 173
  4. Asia: 123
  5. Oceania: 7

From the organisational point of view, if there is anything that can define the Catholicism is the Catholic Church and the figure of Pope.

Jesus came to the earth to show the way of salvation. Therefore, these teachings taught twenty centuries ago, should be available to future generations; this is possible through the Bible. However, it will be necessary to interpret the Bible. Moreover, the only entity that can interpret the teachings of the Bible is the Catholic Church.

This concept of the Church as the sole interpretive authority is fundamental to the Catholicism.

Papal Infallibility.

Derived from the principle of the Papal Infallibility, there is the dogma of the Papal Infallibility. The Pope of Rome as the successor of St. Peter, and the highest authority of the Catholicism, when pronounced in a public way on a topic related to faith or morals (“Solemn Pontifical definition”), God, through the Holy Spirit protects him from any error. In matters of faith, the Pope cannot be wrong.

This “Papal definition” is not debatable. In any case, today, on very few occasions the Pope uses this privilege and is almost always done by a consensus. A Catholic must, therefore, accept this principle.

The Catholic Church maintains the exclusivity of Jesus teachings and defines the way in which the Catholic must behave, the Church teaches to Catholic how he should live to follow the teachings of Jesus correctly.

The Church, as God's earthly representative, is the institution that monopolises the teachings through the Sacraments. Catholic, Orthodoxy, and Copts share the same seven Sacraments.

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The main Catholic Sacrament is the Holy Eucharist, Mass. For a Catholic, Mass symbolically represents the reconstruction of the Last Supper of Christ, in which he offered bread and wine to his disciples.

A curious fact about Catholicism is that its highest authority, the Pope of Rome, is also the Head of State. It is the only church in the World that also has a country: The State of the Vatican City, the smallest independent state in the world, both in population (800 people) and size. No other religion has a “Central State.”

The current Pope of Rome, Francisco, is the Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Buenos Aires, 1936).

Samples - Catholicism

Isabel dos Santos (Richest African Woman)

Antonio of Moraes Brazilian Businessman

Thomas Monaghan Catholic Businessman

John Marinho Brazilian Businessman

Luis Sarmiento Colombian Businessman

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