Franciscan Institute Publications announces the release of "Franciscans and their Finances: Economics in a Disenchanted World" by David B. Couturier, O.F.M., Cap.
Borne of a charge from three African friars that the Franciscan Order was “not listening to the cries of the poor in Africa,” "Franciscans and their Finances" confronts structures of inequality in religious communities and in society. It proposes a paradigmatic shift in the way women and men view modern economic principles.
Couturier’s text discusses how Franciscans have thought — and are thinking — about their finances in a world fascinated, fixated, and, in many cases, frustrated by modern economic structures.
The essays in "Franciscans and their Finances" delve into topics ranging from an increasingly consumerist culture’s affects on young people’s spiritual identity, to a Franciscan response to the Great Recession, to an examination of how financial scandals develop within nonprofit and profit communities.
Taken together, these articles and the others contained in the pages of Couturier’s book coalesce into a singular look at the ways Franciscans are developing a more relational economy oriented toward increased security, peace, and common good.
Fr. David B. Couturier, O.F.M., Cap., is dean of the School of Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y. He teaches at the Pontifical Antonianum University in Rome and is the Dean R. Hoge Professor of Pastoral Planning and Church Management at the Graduate Theological Foundation in Mishawaka, Ind.
Paperback, E-book July 2015: 260 pages
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-57659-388-2: $29.95
E-book ISBN: 978-1-57659-389-9: $19.95
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