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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 Phoenix666 on Saturday October 07 2017, @11:53AM (1 child)

    by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 07 2017, @11:53AM (#578546) Journal

    I think you're projecting your current frustrations with politics onto the subject. One of the early centers of Christianity was Ephesus. It had a chance there because the town hosted the temple of artemis, which generated a lot of income from pilgrims coming to make offerings for fertility. It being a cult dominated by priestesses, women in general had better status in the incredibly absolutist patriarchy of the Roman world. Christianity at the time accorded equal status to women, which was lapped up by the Ephesian women. Soon the artemisian cult had been supplanted by Christianity.

    That's right: the early church thrived because it was feminist (at least by the standards of the time).

    Washington DC delenda est.
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  • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Sunday October 08 2017, @07:17PM

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Sunday October 08 2017, @07:17PM (#578939) Journal

    Yeah, and early Islam was feminist by the standards of the time too. What's your point? You're confusing historical success with truth.

    I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...