Inspired by Pope Francis and in honor of September's Season of Creation and the Feast of St Francis, the Missionary Society of St. Columban pledges to take steps to divest from fossil fuels. In addition, we commit to putting resources into Positive Impact Investing alternatives.
Pope Francis is leading the way for Catholic institutions to choose a Divest – Reinvest strategy when he writes in the encyclical Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home, that "technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels ....needs to be progressively replaced without delay" (par. 165) and "A change in lifestyle could bring healthy pressure to bear of those who wield political, economic, and social power. This is what consumer movements accomplish by boycotting certain products" (par.206).