Vatican official: Church divestment from fossil fuels is ‘moral imperative’

By Brian Roewe
May 20, 2021

An official in the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development urged Catholic institutions around the world to divest from fossil fuels, calling it a moral and theological imperative and a response to Pope Francis' groundbreaking encyclical on the environment.

“We know that the fossil fuels are causing the climate crisis and destroying our planet. Still, we keep on investing [in] the dirty fossil fuels,” said Salesian Fr. Joshtrom Kureethadam, head of the dicastery's ecology and creation sector, referring to it as a schizophrenic act. “It is a physical imperative that we change course, that we divest.”

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