- Published on Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:31
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Friday, October 10th marked the beginning of the course “Economics for Ecclesiastics”: the first course of an ethical and Christian economy aimed directly at students of the Pontifical Universities in Rome – seminarians, priests, and laity.
The first speaker, and promoter of the course along with MCE, Lord Griffiths of Fforestafch (a member of the House of Lords), has already been a guest of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross when he gave a lecture on ethics within the financial system last December.
The first of three modules, “Markets and Prices,” was divided into two sessions. The first session covered the process of setting market prices and the relationship between supply and demand. The goal of the session was to draw a more accurate picture of concepts like the market, which can seem very abstract, but regulate an ever-growing number of activities.
The second session on Monday the 13th looked at the role played by the government in the economy: the reasons why it is necessary that sometimes the state intervenes and other times it is better that it not interfere with the market.
Attending students were given the opportunity to follow the course with a textbook of international renown, “Economics” by P. Samuelson and W. Nordhaus, now in its nineteenth edition.
The course has had great success, accepting approximately 70 students. This is a confirmation of the fact that the students feel a strong need and desire to have access to the tools they need in order to better understand the current economic environment, so that they can better formulate and explain the Social Doctrine of the Church.
Economics for Ecclesiastics will continue with sessions on November 28th and December 1st, 2014. These sessions will be taught by Antonio Argandoña, Emeritus Professor at the IESE Business School.
- Published on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 12:44
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On Friday, October 3, the annual meeting of the MCE Governing Board was held at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Purpose of the meeting: the presentation of the Annual Report (available on line), the developments of the lines of research, the updates about the composition of the team and the new MCE offices at Palazzo Pianellari, the future plans and the progresses regarding the Lighthouse project.
The next MCE Governing Board meeting is scheduled for April 2015 in Barcellona, on the occasion of the Conference:Christian Ethics and Spirituality in Leading Business.
- Published on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 11:48
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On the occasion of the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, prof. Schlag, Academic Director of the Research Centre MCE, had the opportunity to greet the Holy Father, Pope Francis. Here are some photos of the meeting and the link where you can view the Pope's speech to the participants (in italian).