Dec 142013

‘Un Empresario Cristiano’

Argentinian businessman Enrique Shaw kept his company open during an economic downturn for the benefit of his employees.

The opposite of ruthless unconcern for the rest of his industry, he adopted business policies actually to benefit his competitors.

Founder of Asociación Cristiana de Dirigentes de Empresas (ACDE) – Christian Association of Business Executives, part of the International Union of Employers (UNIAPAC), his inspired leadership helped spread a movement of spiritually enlightened management to other countries.

Enrique sought to evangelize others to the faith with a light and loving spirit, first as a Naval Officer, then in his civilian life. As a factory manager, he treated his employees and their families with Christian brotherhood, breaking down formal barriers between “boss” and “workers”. When he suffered a final illness, they donated their blood to him; he declared, “Now I have the workers’ blood running through my veins.”

Process of Canonization

The canonization process for Enrique Shaw, (born Paris, February 26, 1921 – † Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 27, 1962), began in the Diocese of Buenos Aires on August 25, 2005. The opening of the Cause of Canonization was initiated after several years of work by the Court and information about his life and testimony of those who knew him.

“In the midst of the crisis in [Argentinian] church-state relations in 1954, the police closed down the Buenos Aires office of Asociación Cristiana de Dirigentes de Empresas (ACDE) and arrested Enrique Shaw, the founder of the group. In reference to the Peronist conflict with the church, a memorandum in the ACDE archives noted that ‘ACDE had the honor of suffering,’ and the conflict strengthened the resolve of ACDE members to influence the course of events in Argentina.” – Michael A Burdick, For God and Fatherland: Religion and Politics in Argentina, 1996. a Spanish book The Gospel of the Bold, published in 2005, Enrique Shaw’s biography appears along with figures such as Konrad Adenauer, Baldwin I, Georges Bidault, Alcide de Gasperi, Ángel Herrera Oria, Robert Kennedy, Giorgio Lapira, Aldo Moro and Robert Schumann.

Benito D. Spoletini, "Enrique Shaw: A Holy Businessman of Our Time" (Un Empresario Santo de Nuestro Tiempo}

Benito D. Spoletini, “Enrique Shaw:A Holy Businessman of Our Time” (Un Empresario Santo de Nuestro Tiempo)

The possibility that Shaw will begin a process of canonization was launched in 1997 by the current Argentinian Cardinal, Jorge Mejía, during a presentation to members of ACDE (Asociación Cristiana de Dirigentes de Empresas). “I think Enrique’s life deserves the opening of a case,” Mejia said.

Finally, the archbishop of the diocese of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio and the Holy See authorized the opening of the cause.

Now, the Court appointed by the Bishop will continue to analyze the testimonies of those who knew the employer and his many writings on spiritual matters, and is expected to finish the Historical Commission designated its report in 2009 .

If Servant of God, Enrique Shaw were to move forward in the process and become canonized, he could be the first businessman in the world to be declared holy .

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