A Publication of
Catholic Concern for Animals
Selections From The Ark
Number 206 - Summer 2007
Editorial - From Deborah Jones
What makes Catholic Concern for Animals distinct from secular animal
charities? What are we for? These are questions which constantly need to be
addressed, especially when demands are made on us daily to save the world of
animals. First, we exist because Godís creation is being abused and we want to
be part of the solution, not the problem. Each of us probably belongs to and
supports several other animal and environment organisations, maybe very
actively, perhaps just morally and financially. But added to that, and central
to many of us, is the fact that we are Christians, belonging to an ancient
tradition with co-religionists in almost every country in the world.
Within this Church are millions of people who see no reason or need to
concern themselves with the plight of animals or of the environment. CCA has as
its primary task to reach these people, touching their hearts and consciences.
We do not deal with animals directly, but through fellow-Christians who will, in
turn, evangelise their neighbours Ė bringing to them all the good news that God
loves not only each and every human being, but all living beings upon the earth.
As Pope John Paul II told a gathering of Guides and Scouts:
The protection of creation, in fact, is a distinctive feature of Christian
commitment in the world. Ö Where everything speaks of the Creator and his
wisdom, from the majestic mountains to the enchanting, flower-strewn valleys,
may you learn to contemplate Godís beauty.
For CCA, there is no separation between religion and the rest of life any
more than there is a separation between kindness to people and kindness to
animals. Again, as that holy Pope expressed:
[Christ] the firstborn of all creation unites himself in some way with the
entire reality of man, which is flesh, and in this reality, with all flesh, with
the whole creation.
(From: On the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church).
For CCA, there is no true religion that does not embrace all of Godís
creation, and no true animal protection or environmentalism that does not
acknowledge the one Creator of all.
It is with sadness that we report the death of our previous President,
Archbishop Emeritus of Cardiff, John Aloysius Ward, a Capuchin friar. Those who
were active in CCA during his presidency, 1996-2000, note that he was most
sympathetic and kindly in his dealings with them.
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