Catholic Studies



Document Type

Book Chapter



This chapter defines “good wealth” in terms of its interdependent and organic relationship among wealth’s creation, distribution and charitable dimensions. The relationship among these three functions of wealth fits well with what Catholic social teaching refers to as “moral ecology.” In terms of wealth creation, business enterprises are the economic engine of society. We also need to speak of wealth distribution, and in particular a just distribution. The third dimension of wealth is its charitable function, in many respects the most excellent of the three functions of wealth. This chapter addresses the tensions and challenges among these three dimensions and points to innovative practices where the three dimensions of good wealth can be integrated.

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Faith, Finance and Economy

Citation/Other Information

Naughton, M. J. (2020). The Moral Ecology of Good Wealth. In Faith, Finance, and Economy (pp. 215-234). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.