YOU SCRIBES AND PHARISEES!

Firstly, I refer you to my post THE FINANCIAL AND MORAL POVERTY OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND.

Secondly I refer you to this report from REUTERS:

The Church of England will this week make a decision about whether to retain its 2.5 million pound investment in the mining group Vedanta Resources (VED.L), which has been accused of building a mine that breaches the rights of a tribe of native people in India. The Church of England's Ethical Advisory Group will meet to discuss the issue now that the group's members have visited the mining operations in question. Three years ago the Norwegian state pension fund sold its shares in the mining company because it did not want to risk contributing to "severe environmental damage and serious or systematic violations of human rights".

Thirdly I refer you to this comment from our friend, ANDREW PLUS:

In the mean time, this week the Grand Tufti will speak at the Trinity Institute at a conference called "Building an Ethical Economy: Theology and the Marketplace" in New York City.

COMMENT: "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation."

Do I hear "Amen?"

Comments

YOU SCRIBES AND PHARISEES! — 11 Comments

  1. AMEN!! High Churchman I may be, but we could do with a John Knox to blast these prelates, lackeys and morally confused nits into a decently ordered life. The smug arrogance of the Erastianism here is disgusting. They move to disinvest when caught. Faugh! Our late Primus ++George Henderson of Argyll and the Isles described himself as a Prayer Book Communist – that’s what I’m rapidly becoming!

    Course, it’ll have to be the Scottish Prayer Book, not yon Protestant English thing!

  2. The fact that they have prevaricating about this and similar unethical investments for as long as I’ve been reading “The Church Times” which is 30+ years.

  3. Again, I say “Amen”. Why would anyone show up in NYC for advice from the ABC on ethical investments? Amazing gall. And will he take questions from the floor?

    Love the descriptive “prayer book communist”: my aspiration, too.

  4. We have the same issue on this side of the pond. We can thunder against global warming but god help the one who suggests we actually change our life style!

    FWIW
    jimB

  5. I can’t believe the church ever invested in Vedanta. I don’t understand why it hasn’t seemed to have picked up on the idea of “ethical investing”, which, let’s face it, is not that new now (what, it’s been around for the best part of a decade or more? Or longer?). I didn’t think anyone was unaware that buying a stock means you fund the activities of that company and so are complicit in them (and therefore need to find out what they are). So, what’s the excuse?

    yes, you have an amen.

  6. Marx was right: the workers should own the means of production, or at the least, share fairly in the profits generated by their labors. Actions to increase executives’ salaries should be required to be applied to the workers as well. After all, without the workers, the executives would have no profits to distribute to themselves. As it happens, there are companies where the workers do own the place, or are shareholders in the profits. Those places tend to have no labor problems and long waiting lists for people who want to work there. 69 years to become a raging commie…..