Books sponsored

From time to time, Solidarity Association sponsors speeches, conferences, and other events that not only inform those who attend, but some months later yield fruits in published articles and sometimes even in books whose influence reaches far beyond  those who were present at the initial event. At these a links, you'll find information about two of those books: What Your Money Means by our founder Frank Hanna and The Holy See's Teaching on Catholic Education by  Archbishop J. Michael Miller, the Vatican's Secretary to the Congregation for Catholic Education.

Diocese bases checklist on Solidarity book

Recently, the Diocese of Brooklyn relied on The Holy See's Teaching on Catholic Schools as the template for its its 30+ page self-assessment document for Catholic schools in the diocese.

To see the complete Catholic Identity Self-Assessment Checklist, click here.

CUF reviews What Your Money Means

Frank Hanna’s What Your Money Means: And How to Use it Well is a refreshingly well-presented, popular exposition of classical ethical teaching on wealth and responsibility.

He writes to appeal to the widest possible audience, but his endnotes and certain references throughout the text reveal Hanna’s own Catholicism and the deep debt he owes to Catholic social teaching for the principles he elucidates.

In this very personal work, Hanna explains that upon making a fortune in the business world at a relatively young age, he set himself to discover what enduring principles applied to such wealth. The present volume is the product of that quest.

The book addresses everything from the difference between non-essential wealth and the amount required to permit us to fulfill the duties of our state in life, to the universal destination of goods, ending with some practical guidelines on how to implement the duty of tithing prudently. The conversational tone allows the reader to be led through some profound truths with relative ease. Hanna often directs his text towards those of his

Reader's Digest interviews Hanna

"I was raised to think like a businessman," says Frank Hanna, 47, who credits a childhood spent hanging around his father's Atlanta real estate investment office for setting him on the road to success. This, plus good instincts and creativity, led to a brainstorm while Hanna was a student at the University of Georgia: He created a

method to help companies get rid of bad loans. At 27, Frank Hanna and his brother, David, tested it, using $160,000 of their savings to buy up loans.

It worked so well, they started an investment firm, selling it later for about $100 million. Other endeavors, including Hanna's current firm, Hanna Capital, have also flourished.

Early on, Frank Hanna contemplated his upward spiral and settled on philanthropy as a calling. Hanna gives generously to Catholic charities, among others, and has co-founded three Catholic schools in Atlanta. Frank Hanna's recent book, What Your Money Means (Crossroad Publishing), addresses basic questions about the positive role money can play in our lives.

Q. Do you believe in the notion of self-made men and women? 

Frank Hanna discusses book with Inside Catholic

Recently, Deal Hudson of sat down with Frank Hanna to discuss his recent book, What Your Money Means: And How to Use it Well (Crossroads Publishing, 2008).

Deal W. Hudson: With the current financial crisis, do you think more people are asking themselves what their money means?

Frank Hanna: Absolutely. There was some concern about the timing of this book, given the election year, but the current financial crisis has made people more interested in reflecting on how they have used their money.

Toward a philosophy of philanthropy

by George Weigel
The Philanthropy Roundtable
November 1, 2008

Frank Hanna—highly successful businessman, serious Catholic, winner of the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership, stalwart Georgia Republican, husband, and father—is not your conventional radical. Yet Hanna has written a truly radical book, in both the popular and classical sense of the adjective. "Radical," after all, derives from the Latin word radix, meaning root, and What Your Money Means gets us to the root of the matter. It's a primer on the meaning of wealth, in which Hanna thinks aloud