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CBCP vows to reject donations from mining, other ‘destructive’ industries

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Saturday vowed to reject donations from mining and other environmentally “destructive” industries.

CBCP president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David said the policy will be implemented by the bishops themselves in their respective dioceses.

“And of course the point persons in each community are the parish priests, the school directors and in other institutions run by the Roman Catholic Church,” David said.

“Our people need to be very critical, especially our parish priests. While we have several needs in our pastoral work, let us not compromise the welfare of our environment,” he said.

The CBCP issued a pastoral statement on ecology after a two-day online plenary assembly.

The church leaders said the decision reaffirms their commitment “to lead by example” in promoting the use of renewable energy and other sustainable systems.

“It is unacceptable that finances so graciously provided to us are used for such industries. Financial resources must be used solely for the Common Good, Integrity of Creation, and the Glory of our Creator,” the pastoral letter stated.

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