TITLE

ORIGINE E SVILUPPO DELL'ORDINE FRANCESCANO NELLA VALUTAZIONE DI SAN BONAVENTURA

AUTHOR(S)
Pompei, Alfonso
PUB. DATE
December 2009
SOURCE
Miscellanea Francescana;2009, Vol. 109 Issue 2, p311
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
There are conflicting opinions over the early development of the Franciscan Order and over Bonaventure's assessment of this evolution. This article analyzes the position of Bonaventure who held that, throughout the evolution, the Order remained faithful to what it means to be Franciscan. The first part deals with Franciscanism according to Francis. The A. recalls the origins of the Order, and its gradual institutionalization that, according to the early documents, was decided upon by Francis not out of obedience to the Church's hierarchy but to reconcile the inalienable elements of his vision with the need to adapt the apostolic activity of the Order that had grown in membership to the variable needs of Church and society. There follows a critical survey of Paul Sabatier and other recent historians who have interpreted Francis' fundamental choice otherwise and who see the development of the Order as a growing deviation from the ideals of the Founder. The second part illustrates the Seraphic Doctor's appraisal of the Order's evolution, namely, that Francis' response to the initial stages of the Order's evolution justifies its subsequent changes: clericalization, hierarchical structure, ecclesiastical appointments, friaries, work, studies.
ACCESSION #
67126916

 

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