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Religions 2018, 9(10), 288; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9100288

Franciscan Spirituality and Economics

Business Ethics Center, Corvinus University of Budapest, Fovamter 8, 1093 Budapest, Hungary
Received: 31 August 2018 / Revised: 18 September 2018 / Accepted: 20 September 2018 / Published: 21 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Franciscan Spirituality and Its Impact for Today’s World)
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St. Francis was hostile to money and material wealth. He was also against exploitation or misuse of natural creatures and promoted voluntary poverty, sharing, and universal brotherhood. This paper examines the implications of St. Francis’s views for economics. It is argued that St. Francis’s views imply the substantive notion of the term “economic” and favor material sufficiency instead of financial efficiency. Pope Francis’s encyclical letter “Laudato si’” is consistent with and supports St. Francis’s views, which emphasize the frugality of consumption and acknowledging the intrinsic value of nature. The overall vision of St. Francis can be characterized as “The Commonwealth of Life” based on a God-centered, spiritual way of living and acting. The paper suggests that the models of a sufficiency-oriented community economy are relevant for realizing St. Francis’s legacy in today’s reality of climate change described by climate scientists as the “Hothouse Earth” pathway. View Full-Text
Keywords: frugality; intrinsic value of nature; community economy; Laudato si’ frugality; intrinsic value of nature; community economy; Laudato si’
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