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posted by CoolHand on Friday October 06 2017, @12:53PM   Printer-friendly
from the eco-pope dept.

More than 40 Catholic institutions are to announce the largest ever faith-based divestment from fossil fuels, on the anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi.

The sum involved has not been disclosed but the volume of divesting groups is four times higher than a previous church record, and adds to a global divestment movement, led by investors worth $5.5tn.

[...] Assisi's mayor, Stefania Proietti – a former climate mitigation professor – told the Guardian: "When we pay attention to the environment, we pay attention to poor people, who are the first victims of climate change.

"When we invest in fossil fuels, we stray very far from social justice. But when we disinvest and invest in renewable and energy efficiency instead, we can mitigate climate change, create a sustainable new economic deal and, most importantly, help the poor."

Are they putting their money where their mouth is, or making a smart economic bet?


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  • (Score: 2) by fritsd on Saturday October 07 2017, @01:16AM (3 children)

    by fritsd (4586) on Saturday October 07 2017, @01:16AM (#578429) Journal

    Sounds like they're into numerology:

    The Even leaders are good, the Odd leaders are odd / evil.

    I once got something like that, but it was an elaborate hoax by a progressive television organization to convince me to become a member. They were taking the piss (VPRO).

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  • (Score: 2) by meustrus on Monday October 09 2017, @05:17PM (2 children)

    by meustrus (4961) <meustrusNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Monday October 09 2017, @05:17PM (#579318)

    So you're saying there are people out there that think Popes are like Star Trek movies?

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    • (Score: 2) by fritsd on Monday October 09 2017, @05:56PM (1 child)

      by fritsd (4586) on Monday October 09 2017, @05:56PM (#579339) Journal

      Good point!

      On second thought hm... maybe not

      St. John XXIII - Very Good
      Paul VI - meh.. don't really remember.
      John Paul I - so good, he was murdered in only 33 days. Maybe he had been stupid, and threatened to clean up the Curia before he was elected.
      St. John Paul II - very fanatical pope; very good in some ways (communicative), less so in other ways. Archconservative.
      Benedict XVI - was responsible, at the height of the child abuse crisis, for writing a policy that priests should protect guilty priests, rather than rat them out to the worldly authorities. And then AFTERWARDS they made him pope! Also an arch-conservative.
      Francis - Very Good, tried to adopt rules pertaining to divorcees to the real world. Also I actually read and enjoyed "Laudato sì" and I've never read any other encyclical by anyone. Has to try to clean up the child abuse crisis before he exchanges the temporal for the eternal. Did you watch the Youtube video clip: "The Encyclical"? It doesn't bother me that it's over the top satire, making fun of the pope. I hope he watched it and enjoyed it, too. Sometimes you have to prevent issues in a silly way, to get them communicated across.

      I don't remember anything about popes before John XXIII. How many Star Trek movies are there again? (yes, I bow my head in shame. Here's my nerd card.)

      • (Score: 2) by meustrus on Monday October 09 2017, @08:10PM

        by meustrus (4961) <meustrusNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Monday October 09 2017, @08:10PM (#579391)

        How many Star Trek movies are there again? (yes, I bow my head in shame. Here's my nerd card.)

        It's ok. I think most of us stopped keeping track after OS X Lens Flare.

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