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The money managers at Aquinas Investments Inc. work their mutual funds religiously.
An affiliate of the Catholic Foundation, Dallas-based Aquinas Investments Inc. unabashedly uses its stock positions in public companies to promote the foundation's causes.
The firm has used its "Aquinas family" of mutual funds, named after 13th century theologian and philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas, to put pressure on companies concerning issues ranging from violence on television to cultural diversity to abortion.
Call it corporate lobbying, call it the business of religion, but whatever the label, the folks at Aquinas Investments aren't fooling around.
"It's something we take very seriously," said Bernard DiFiore, president of Aquinas Investments and executive director of the Catholic Foundation.
"There are a number of links between the funds and the foundation," DiFiore said. …