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Books by Br. Louis DeThomasis, FSC

Br. Louis DeThomasis, FSC, is a De La Salle Christian Brother. Below are some of the books that he has authored on issues of concern to the Catholic Church and on ethical considerations in the world of business. From 2008 to 2017, Brother Louis served as president and chairman of CBIS. Founded in 1981, the Catholic investment service provides socially responsible investment management exclusively to Catholic institutions worldwide. Today, CBIS manages $7 billion in assets for dioceses, colleges, and universities; religious institutes; and health care systems, and has offices in the United States and Europe.

Widely recognized for his distinguished academic leadership in service to Lasallian education, Brother Louis served for 21 years as president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and continues today as the university’s president emeritus, professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, and distinguished senior fellow with the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership.

Brother Louis earned a bachelor of science degree in international relations from Georgetown University, conducted graduate study in theology at Providence College in Providence, R.I., and earned a doctorate in economics and financial management from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati. He also completed postdoctoral studies as a Bush Fellow at the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.

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The current quandary that the Roman Catholic Church finds itself in right now is what Brother Louis calls "a crisis of confidence" in this insightful, provocative, and hopeful new book. He points to the way of unraveling the quandary by returning the church's historic belief in tradition- "the lived experience of the faithful" - as a source of ongoing revelation and renewal. This is not an attack by someone intent on bringing down the church but rather a wake-up call for the church itself to recognize and embrace globalization, diversity, and democratization and begin to rebuild "koinonia" or "communio" in the Church.


 

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Brother Louis addresses the important role of Catholic education in spreading the Christian message to new generations in new ways. He explains that the Catholic school is not the Catholic church and has a function different from the church itself. He proposes the following eight dynamics that Catholic schools must follow if they are to remain true to their calling to educate, inspire, and challenge their students in the changing world of the twenty-first century.


 

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A passionate plea for change within the Catholic Church to fulfill the promise of Vatican II. Claims that the current schism has been caused by some members of the institutional church and that Pope Francis may be the right person to heal the split.


 

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The word “but” was used by Jesus often to clarify to his disciples his teaching was different from the conventional wisdom of the time: "But I say to you..." This was never more true when he was speaking about how the disciples (right up to today) were to act toward one another and toward those outside the group. Brother Louis uses this method of Jesus to look at the Catholic Church today and how it must change if it is to carry out the mission it has been given by its founder.


 

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In this book Brother Louis challenges the very nature of belief in the modern world and how human beings can practice an authentic spirituality in the twenty-first century. In our own perplexing attempts to peer beneath the veil of theological convention, we may discover there is a higher truth in questions that can't be answered than in answers that can't be questioned.


 

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