Austrian Bishops’ Conference divests from fossil fuels

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Chairperson of the Austrian Bishops’ Conference, announces today that the Episcopal Conference of Austria will sign Global Catholic Climate Movement’s divestment commitment. Cardinal Schönborn The Austrian bishops’ conference will divest...

Cardinal Danneels: the most dangerous temptation is that of a crushed hope. Those who crush hope take away the joy of life, creativity, and imagination. And that, it seems to me, is fatal to the Kingdom of God in our times.

Words for us to keep in mind, as we focus our efforts around “transitioning off fossil fuels without delay” (Laudato Si’ 165).  Scientists have said that must be now to keep climate disruption below very dangerous levels.  We maintain hope in and...

Hearkening back to the Pope’s remarks last summer on the anniversary of Laudato Si’: “Is it enough?” he asked. “Will we turn the corner in time?…with each month that passes, the challenge of energy transition becomes more pressing. Carbon dioxide emissions and atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases remain very high. This is disturbing and a cause for real concern.”

Excerpt from The Guardian In a gathering of fossil fuel executives at the Vatican, one of a series of meetings to mark the third anniversary of Laudato Si, by all accounts big oil put forward its usual anodyne arguments: any energy transition must be slow, moving too...