Can markets be made moral?
On 7 February a leading American expert in Catholic social thought and economics, Professor Daniel Finn, spoke at the Catholic Voices Academy onthe question, 'Can markets be made moral?'
Finn is professor of economics and theology at the Institute of Advanced Catholic Studies, Univ. Southern California, and St John's Collegeville, and is editor of The True Wealth of Nations: Catholic social thought and economic life and The Moral Dynamics of Economic Life: an extension and critique of Caritas in Veritate. He was in discussion with two Catholic Voices trustees, Fr Christopher Jamison OSB (author of Finding Happiness: monastic steps for a fulfilling life) and Christopher Morgan, a tax partner.
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