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Table of Contents

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p. 5

Abbreviations

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pp. 6-8

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Preface

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pp. 9-14

More than one participant in this year’s Symposium told me, tongue-in-cheek, that she/he could not wait to hear what our presenters would say about these strategies. What they did hear, in exchanges that make the annual Franciscan Symposium an experience as nourishing for the spirit as it is for the mind, ...

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Chapter One - Greed, Lust and Power: Franciscan Strategies for Building a More Just World: Three Disturbing Hypotheses

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pp. 15-22

Let me first say a word about hypotheses. By definition they are tentative, non-conclusive, or to use a popular neologism “guesstimates.” The dictionary defines “hypothesis” as “an assertion subject to verification or proof … a conjecture.” ...

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Chapter Two - Francis of Assisi’s Strategic Insight about Power in a World of Greed and Lust: A Model [of Asceticism] for Every Age

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pp. 23-44

When I was told the overall theme for our days together was “greed” and “lust” from the perspective of power I thought such a topic might be better developed as an episode on Desperate Housewives than a symposium at WTU. However, as I watched these very same dynamics played out in the ...

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Chapter Three - The Scandal of Equality: Franciscans and Women in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries and Today

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pp. 45-58

Jacoba dei Settesoli, equal in fame and holiness in the city of Rome, earned the privilege of special love from the saint. It is not for me to repeat, in praise of her, her noble lineage, family honor, and ample wealth, nor the great perfection of her virtues and long, chaste widowhood. ...

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Chapter Four - A Franciscan Economy

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pp. 59-66

At the outset I am keenly aware that a basic question is whether there is such an entity as a “Franciscan economy.” The correct answer is negative. However, I do believe there is a sound foundation for saying there is a distinctly Franciscan approach to the economy and how we participate in it. ...

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About the Authors

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pp. 67-68

Joseph Nangle, O.F.M., presently serves as the treasurer and secretary for the Board of Directors of the Franciscan Action Network. Rev. Nangle has previously been involved in missionary work in Latin America and has recently retired from Franciscan Mission Service (FMS) in Washington, DC, of which he was a co-founder. ...