The Fellowship of Life
The recent coverage which The Universe and other Catholic newspapers have been giving to animal issues is a heartening development.
The attitude of a great number of Christians toward animal rights and welfare has for too long been miserable. Even the Catechism presently hints that to care about animal abuse is to neglect responsibilities towards our own species.
Yet there is a growing realisation that it's not a case of animals or us but animals and us. As Romans 8: 18-23 makes clear, human and animal suffering are one and the same. We all share the same 'bondage of corruption' and look forward to a shared redemption (Acts 3:21).
It is good to see animals rights campaigners featured alongside peace activists, overseas aid workers, pro-life campaigners and all who seek to actualise the spirit of Christ's teaching in today's disordered world.
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