Being a manager for a company that is experiencing a downturn, I am asked to lay off several people in my dept. The owners of the company want to remain profitable, or at least avoid losses. I don’t believe this is sinful, since it is the nature of business to make money. The workers are under no contract.
However, I am still upset on a personal level, having to disrupt people’s lives. What is the proper catholic perspective of being a manager in these situations? I know that I am an employee myself, and need to follow the rules and the demands of my superiors.