The Current Struggle for Catholics Engaged in the Marketplace

An increasingly secularized society is making it more and more difficult for Catholics to live a fully integrated life where their faith shapes all of their choices, even within the realm of business. Recent court battles over Catholic moral issues of employer-funded contraception, sterilization, and abortion serve as examples of how a secularizing culture inhibits business leaders seeking to live vocations in accord with their Christian principles. Current trends in U.S. culture heighten the difficulty for Catholics in business to harmonize their faith with their labor. Anti-Catholic business trends further compounds the difficulty for Catholic entrepreneurs to create new companies that successfully achieve job creation, wealth creation and work ethic for society. One way that Catholics are working to counter this is by forming Venture Fidelis Businesses.

What is a Venture Fidelis Business?

A Venture Fidelis Business is any American for-profit business entity that possesses a clearly defined, explicitly stated, and legally expressed Catholic identity. Doing so as a business owner has multiple benefits including: it helps inform business choices in the light of Catholic theology, it provides a means to a legally articulated Catholic identity, and it provides the ability to network with other businesses, either as an operator, employee, or consumer, for whom a Catholic identity is a priority.

How does one Become a Venture Fidelis Business?

  1. In order to become a Venture Fidelis business, an LLC or a Corporation must make a commitment to running their business in accord with the teachings of the Catholic Church by adopting legal policies that bind the actions of said business according to those teachings. This is simply done by adding a Statement of Faith and Purpose to the Optional Provisions section in the business’s Articles of Incorporation. See below for several examples of such statements. For more information, please See the Faith in the Workplace Guide by the Alliance Defending Freedom. Please consult an attorney before relying upon any of the policies contained here. Each business is unique and regulations vary by state and so decisions about whether and how to implement these policies should not be made without seeking appropriate professional advice.

  2. Once a business commits to operate as a faithful venture through the adopting of the Statement of Faith and Purpose, please register with Venture Fidelis for inclusion within our directory of Venture Fidelis businesses that we are currently assembling. Click Here to Register.


Example Statement of Faith and Purpose for a Corporation

To be included in the Optional Provisions section of Articles of Incorporation

The shareholders of this corporation are practicing Roman Catholics. The shareholders believe that Jesus Christ requires that all of His followers strive to live their lives in a manner that is consistent with the precepts and doctrines of their faith, as authentically taught by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. The shareholders, therefore, desire that this corporation be operated in accordance with the principals of their faith, with all business decisions to be made according to the Magisterial teachings of the Catholic Church. Accordingly, [to the maximum extent allowed by applicable law,] the board of directors of this corporation is authorized and directed to prioritize adherence to the religious, ethical, and moral principles taught by the Catholic Church regardless of the impact on profit. 

Example Statement of Faith and Purpose for a Limited Liability Company (LLC)

To be included in the Optional Provisions section of Articles of Incorporation

The members of this limited liability company are practicing Roman Catholics. The members believe that Jesus Christ requires that all of His followers strive to live their lives in a manner that is consistent with the precepts and doctrines of their faith, as authentically taught by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. The members, therefore, seek to operate this limited liability company in accordance with the principals of their faith and strive to make all business decisions according to the Magisterial teachings of the Catholic Church. Accordingly, [to the maximum extent allowed by applicable law,] the members of this limited liability company will prioritize adherence to the religious, ethical, and moral principles taught by the Catholic Church regardless of the impact on profit.