Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Jesuits for Justice!

This is one Catholic order that definitely has the right idea:

Religion News Service:

Jesuit educators, known for their dual emphasis on academics and social justice, are gearing up to set a new standard for the way colleges wield clout on Wall Street.Under a proposal rolled out for chief financial officers last week (April 28) in Cincinnati, the nation's 28 Jesuit colleges and universities would use their billions of dollars in investments to push a collective, Roman Catholic social agenda.

Under a proposal rolled out for chief financial officers last week (April 28) in Cincinnati, the nation's 28 Jesuit colleges and universities would use their billions of dollars in investments to push a collective, Roman Catholic social agenda.

Participating colleges would build endowment wealth and advocate for the poor simultaneously by demanding corporate policies that defend human rights, reduce predatory lending practices and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

(Full Story at Beliefnet)

3 Comments:

At 7:33 AM, Anonymous donzelion said...

Would be better if they just created their own "Human Rights Watch" - or subsidized a new wing in the Care/Caritas networks and then acted on stockholding based on recommendations from these groups on the ground.

'Course, that might threaten their chief benefactors in various countries...

 
At 12:42 PM, Blogger Infission said...

Perhaps there are better goals. But this is certainly a good one - and worth applauding.

 
At 3:35 PM, Anonymous donzelion said...

Indeed it is. The long-term commitment of many Catholic groups in particular stands as a major testimony and merits applause.

They've got a pretty phenomenal humanitarian operation, which I've observed in action. THAT warrants applause in my book.

 

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