The highest dignity a human person has is to be that he is left free to choose about God, to recognize Him as the creator, to love Him and to adore Him.


The highest dignity a human person has is to be that he is left free to choose about God, to recognize Him as the creator, to love Him and to adore Him.
 From this ability to choose there is also a whole stream of power that human beings do possess relatively to making the most important decisions in their lives as well as resolving many issues and problems that may come their ways.
I insist that the dignity of human beings is to be in the image of God, which offers a whole string of abilities that are connected to this power to choose.

In my first book, I maintained that the root difference between the right and the left is that the right recognize the above observations, the left does not.

The right sees human beings as suitably capable and responsible. The left considers  human beings as very weak and needing a lot of care and support.
Hence the importance of entitlement and hence their love of victimhood etc… naturally a few people – like them – are not weak and are entitled to govern and let the deplorables submit to their understanding of what is good for all.

The problem is that many in the hierarchy of the Church see Catholic social teachings only from the perspective of the left. The Church must specialize in social services to attend to the poor and the rest of the population is left to tend to itself… not appreciation for their contribution, no pastoral care for their spiritual growth. And this truncated view of humanity leads to a truncated view of society, politics and economics.

 “Virtue Based Management” (,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch) fulfills this need and offer some guidance in the field of management, for the leaders of the economy, by way of the subject matter of management which is actually my real expertise as a graduate of a business school.

Now this more general concern I put it in an article attached to this email. I have gone around all major orthodox Catholic blogs without any success to have the article published. I would agree that my style is not the most erudite and gracious possible… but I do say very important things that need to be said. 

For example the Catholic University of America has finally a business school in the hands of good Catholics (Dr. Alberto Piedra, a good friend, who was director at one point advised me not to apply to teach there because I would be blackballed immediately as it was the way things went there – he, although the leader, was refused the right to created a course of business according to Catholic Social Teachings).

I have presented my business book but it has not caused anyone to be quite motivated to include it in the list of readings for the students. In typical management books there are  many ideas totally opposed to Catholic teachings however and they need to be called out.
I have not get any success with Christendom College, Steubenville or Ave Maria.

So, I would greatly appreciate suggestions from your readers on how can I reach any group that could understand the problem and has the power to get these ideas across?

Jean-Francois Orsini
The following is an excerpt for an email received by Abyssum from Jean-Francois Orsini on Monday afternoon, February 26.

Jean-Francois Orsini

3:25 PM (30 minutes ago)

to Abyssum
Dear Excellency,

Thank you for posting my email to your blog. I wrote it a bit fast and I have found several grammatical errors.

One immediate matter is that your readers may find going to the Amazon site to look at the book “Virtue Based Management” that it is out of print. However, I have edited and re-published the book and it is also at Amazon at,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch.

The reason I referred to the older edition is that it contains very nice reviews, whereas the new edition does not contain any review.

The problem with the one-eyed, therefore truncated as well as depth-blind view of many in the Church hierarchy of the whole economic system is further shown in the paper on Dignity which I had attached. It gives a clear illustration of the fact that many bishops see the care of the poor as the be all and end all of CST. This is a systematic problem that needs to be corrected. In particular, the pastoral care of the vast majority of the faithful at work is totally neglected. St. Peter is almost presented as a worker on an assembly line while he most likely was rather an independent small business man.

Thank you again.

With prayers,
Jean-Francois Orsini 

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