Washington D.C., May 6, 2013 / 16:38 pm
The U.S. bishops have reiterated their support for a federal regulation that would block American investments from supporting militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
"The rule is consistent with Catholic teaching on protection of human life and dignity," wrote Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, to Bishop Nicolas Djomo Lola of Tshumbe, president of the bishops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Bishop Pates, who serves as the chair of the Committee on International Justice and Peace for the U.S. bishops' conference, noted that the regulation "takes into account the lived experience of the Church in your country," as well as that of Catholic Relief Services and other agencies in the area.
He added that the regulation "also meets our concern of providing appropriate coverage of issuers and products, and ensuring information submitted to the SEC is accurate, verifiable and easily available to investors and consumers."