There are moral issues for a devout Catholic in many business situations. Here’s one I’m curious about:
Having an interest in fashion, floristry, and cake decorating, sometimes I find myself looking at wedding planning magazines or businesses. There are some really creative and beautiful things being done (as well as some kooky, bizarre, or “over the top” things). Some of the really nice stuff I’ve seen in these areas fascinates me, to the point of wondering what such a business run by a traditional Catholic would be like.
On the one hand, helping couples plan a nice wedding celebration could be a really good thing, bringing people together, enhancing the spiritual with tasteful and festive elements. Just as the Sacraments are a visible sign of an invisible reality, on a smaller scale the right wedding touches could be a positive thing to enhance the liturgical and family celebrations. :flowers::kiss4you:
On the other hand, the wedding industry can be a moral and ethical (and aesthetic) minefield. Now I know that generally I’m more scrupulous than most, but how would a Catholic in good conscience handle some of the situations in the list below?
Keep in mind that when a consultant, florist, cake decorator, bridal clothing business, etc. is consulting with a bride or couple on something as important, personal, and intimate as a wedding, often the bride or couple would want to sharing of the story of how they couple met, and other details. Some of the details would be pertinent to the wedding plans by their very nature.
So, in the case of weddings that have elements that a devout Catholic would have trouble with, having a “don’t ask, don’t tell policy” wouldn’t really work. Many things the planner would just have to decide whether she could do at all.
Finally, let me be clear that I’m not asking these questions with regard to weddings celebrated in other traditional religious faiths. I’m talking more about things such as:
• “Gay marriages”
• Divorced and remarried without annulment, or Catholic wedding not celebrated according to Catholic norms without an appropriate dispensation for same – not that the wedding businessperson must pry for details, but what if the couple has volunteered the information?
• Requests for sexually suggestive bachelorette party – or even wedding – cakes and decorations
• Outdoor weddings, “destination weddings”
• Oddball “theme weddings” – like with Elvis impersonators or something
• Excessive materialism and focus on externals, “bridezillas” and such
Given all these things, is it even feasible for a Catholic to think of having a wedding business serving the general public? Where on the spectrum between “The customer is always right” and “We reserve the right not to” should such a person strive for? :shrug: What are others’ thoughts?