Soul Search: Why Pope Francis Is Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Pope Francis has opened the Pearly Gates to Blue Heelers. The Pope said that “all creatures…will be vested with the joy and love of God, without limits.” He quoted Pope Paul VI saying that “Paradise is open to all creatures.” However, little Rover should not yet get too excited about a supply of perpetual dog treats and slow postal workers in shorts. There seems to be some papal problems with this pronouncement, some disagreements among the papal powers. Previous church leaders, like Pope Benedict, formally denied animal entry to heaven with the pronouncement that, “For other creatures, who are not called to eternity, death just means the end of existence on Earth.” Benedict forever condemned his beloved cats to something less than eternal bliss. But Pope Paul VI before him implied otherwise, claiming that “one day we will see our animals in the eternity of Christ.” God is sending a mixed signal to his primary spokesmen.

The Menagerie

In spite of the confusion from above, let us assume for the moment that the pro-animal contingent of the papacy is right. Who among life’s menagerie will be admitted —> Read More Here


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