“A major problem for Christians in the modern world, according to the document, is the temptation of a “divided life” – involving a “split between the faith which many profess, and their daily lives.”
This separation of faith from professional life “is a fundamental error which contributes to much of the damage done by businesses in our world today” –including the neglect of family life, an “unhealthy attachment to power,” and the “abuse of economic power” that disregards the common good.
The pontifical council’s critique of the “divided life” is rooted in the words of Christ himself, who taught that “no one can be the slave of two masters … You cannot love both God and money.”
“Business leaders who do not see themselves serving others and God in their working lives will fill the void of purpose with a less worthy substitute,” the text notes. “The divided life is not unified or integrated: it is fundamentally disordered, and thus fails to live up to God’s call.”