Catholics in Catfight Over Dog Afterlife
Editor’s note: This story was written based on several news outlets’ reports that Pope Francis told a boy whose dog had died that animals went to Heaven. Vatican Radio reports that Francis actually said “The Holy Scripture teaches us that the fulfillment of this wonderful design also affects everything around us” during a general audience last month. It was Pope Paul VI—not Francis—who told a boy mourning the death of his pet dog that he would see his pet again in Heaven.
During his weekly address in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis confirmed that dogs, with the rest of “God’s creatures,” can and do in fact, go to heaven. (???!)
The Pope was quoted by Italian news outlets as saying, “one day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.”
Pope Francis has been viewed by many as a progressive voice for change in his short tenure as Holy Father. Earlier in his stint, the world became aware that the pontiff enjoys immoral dance, once bounced at a bar, and drives a car with deck chair style seats and a 30 horsepower engine. When he’s not sullying the office of the Pope (in the eyes of his critics), he spends his spare time bashing the priests he was elected to serve.
Still, devout conservative Catholics have got their rosaries in a bunch over his latest declaration. For all that Popes do agree on from one to the next, it seems they have a tough time agreeing on whether Old Yeller went to that great fire hydrant in the sky.
Lauren Hobgood-Oster, a professor of religion and environmental studies at Southwestern University told the New York Times, “Historically, the Catholic Church has never been clear on this question; it’s all over the place, because it begs so many other questions.”
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