CATHOLIC CONCERN FOR ANIMALS
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 Gods 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 Gods
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
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
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)
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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