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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