In Reference to: Is Mike Zavage a Priest of God or a Priest of Satan?
Almost one month has passed since I sent an email to Father Mike Zavage asking him to comment on the issues raised by Frank Hoffman. I provided a link to the article in question and another link to the CVA web site.
I have heard nothing back. Granted, being a parish priest carries a heavy workload that is time consuming.
Perhaps he has registered anonymously with this group and has been monitoring the discussion. Or perhaps he has navigated through excellent articles on the CVA and All Creatures web sites.
At least I hope that he has.
Because I did not receive a reply from him within a reasonable length of time, I am posting it here.
Dear Father Michael Zavage:
I am writing to request your response to a series of messages posted on a bulletin board concerning your involvement in hunting.
The bulletin board of the Christian Vegetarian Association provides a forum for Christians from around the world to participate in discussion concerning issues that pertain to the vegetarian diet. The Christians who subscribe are a diverse group: they are affiliated with numerous of the denominations that comprise Christianity and are committed to the plant-based diet to degrees ranging from vegetarian (no meat) through to vegan (no meat, no dairy, and no use of any animal products for any purpose). Perhaps the one common characteristic of all subscribers is an abhorrence of hunting for sport.
On December 17, a message was posted containing a link to an article about you in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The message was entitled "Is Mike Zavage a Priest of God or a Priest of Satan?"
Although your intention as a priest is undeniably to serve God, your practice of killing animals for sport may inadvertently serve the interests of Satan.
The discussion about your actions has taken various twists and turns over the course of the approximately 30 messages posted. Throughout my reading of this discussion, I have wondered what your response to it might be. Therefore, I am inviting you to read the messages on the Yahoo! Groups bulletin board:
In order to participate in the discussion, you would need to register. Despite your commitment to hunting and the consumption of meat, I am sure that your contributions would be welcome. The bulletin board is moderated by Stephen Kaufman:
(If it were not for his excellent moderation of the messages, I would personally not subscribe to this board.)
My personal interest in inviting you to read the messages, and to reply if so interested, stems from my increasing affection for eastern and central PA. I have made three trips to Johnstown, PA and the surrounding area during the last three years. Two were for vegetarian conferences held at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. I find it ironic and distressing that an area of such geographic beauty, where such hospitable people are citizens, and which annually hosts a major conference on vegetarian issues, is also an area of unusually strong support for the killing animals for sport.
Perhaps if you post on the bulletin board, you could answer a couple of questions that are on my mind: Does your parish celebrate the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi with a blessing of the animals? If so, how can you reconcile the blessing of one animal, for its intrinsic worth in the eyes of God, while simultaneously regarding another animal as nothing more than an entity to be subjected to your killing for your sporting interests?
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada