“Holy Scripture teaches us that the fulfillment of this wonderful design also affects everything around us.”
Pope Francis has given hope to gays, unmarried couples and advocates of the Big Bang theory. Now, he has endeared himself to dog lovers, animal rights activists and vegans.
During a weekly general audience at the Vatican last month, the pope, speaking of the afterlife, appeared to suggest that animals could go to heaven, asserting, “Holy Scripture teaches us that the fulfillment of this wonderful design also affects everything around us.”
Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper, analyzing the pope’s remarks, concluded he believed animals have a place in the afterlife. It drew an analogy to comforting words that Pope Paul VI was said to have once told a distraught boy whose dog had died: “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.”
The news accounts of Francis’ remarks were welcomed by groups like the Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who saw them as a repudiation of conservative Roman Catholic theology that says animals cannot go to heaven because they have no souls.
The question of whether animals go to heaven has been debated for much of the church’s history. Pope Pius IX, who led the church from 1846 to 1878, longer than any other pope, strongly supported the doctrine that dogs and other animals have no consciousness. He even sought to thwart the founding of an Italian chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Pope John Paul II appeared to reverse Pius in 1990 when he proclaimed that animals do have souls and are “as near to God as men are.” But the Vatican did not widely publicize his assertion, perhaps because it so directly contradicted Pius, who was the first to declare the doctrine of papal infallibility in 1854.
John Paul’s successor, Benedict, seemed to emphatically reject his view in a 2008 sermon in which he asserted that when an animal dies, it “just means the end of existence on earth.”
Source: The New York Times.
Pope Paul VI included pets in the Vatican’s understanding of salavtion, and promised them a place in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Let me underline that this is a revision of my original comment. Since it is unclear what the present Pope has ment by saying: ““Holy Scripture teaches us that the fulfillment of this wonderful design also affects everything around us.”
Do you plan to share the gospel with your pet?
No need. The Pope might have confirmed that animals will be found in Heaven. Truly a remarkable theological change in Rome, if this is true. Since many people have both repiles and rats as their “best friends”.
The Jesuit Pope is surly one of its kind. Not only is Francis the first Jesuit to be made the “Holy Father”. He might also become the first Pope who has abolish the need for repentence and baptism.
The present Pope simply can not wait for a chance to tell about his super revelation. Regardless if his new dogmas makes the scripture null and void.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
The Bible explains that the kingdom of Heaven is open for all who have accepted the gospel, people who have repented from their idolatry and sins, and have been baptized. Still there will be priests, bishops, cardinals and popes who reject this message, and promiss heaven for all. Those who preach this form of heretic univerialism are not Christians, adn they will face stern jugdment for spreading this kind of falsehood.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
If you plan to baptize your dog, please do not call a true. Christian. He will not entertain you.
Written by Ivar