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CATHOLIC CONCERN FOR ANIMALS

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A Selection of Brief Quotations
(dates refer to birth and death of cardinals, succession and death of popes).

The animal world is even more of a mystery than the world of angels.
John Henry, Cardinal Newman 1801-1890

The animal world, as all creation, is a manifestation of God’s power, His wisdom, and His goodness, and as such deserves our respect and our consideration.
Pope Pius XII 1939-1958

Man must never hurt animals, must never ill-treat them nor torture them physically because they are sensitive creatures. If anyone told me that to achieve my purpose it would be sufficient to kill an ant, I would not do it.
Pope John XXIII 1958-1963

All creatures are created from the same paternal heartbeat of God. Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop here is a complete misapprehension of the intentions of providence. We have a higher mission. God wishes that we should succour them when they require it.
St Francis of Assisi 1182-1226

The Franciscan spirit is the Catholic spirit.
Arthur, Cardinal Hinsey 1865-1943

They (the animals) have very positive rights because they are God’s creatures. If we have to speak with absolute accuracy we must say that God has the right to have all His creatures treated with proper respect. Nobody should therefore carelessly repeat the old saying that animals have no rights. This could easily lead to wanton cruelty … The difficulty is that many people do not realise the extent to which cruelty to animals is practised as a matter of business … The best and most experienced teachers … talk of kindness to animals. Christians have a duty not only to refrain from doing harm but also to do positive good.
John, Cardinal Heenan 1905-1975

Our obligation and our moral duty is to Him who made (the animals) … And in giving dominion over creatures to man, He gave it subject to the condition that they should be used in conformity with His own perfections … and among those perfections, one is, most profoundly, that of eternal mercy.
Henry, Cardinal Manning 1808-1892.

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