The Fellowship of Life
What a lamentable tirade in "From the Archive:100 years ago" (1 May)
belittling perceived levels of intelligence within the animal creation.
The angelic realms would doubtless discern another occasion of "Tuppence
ha'penny looking down on tuppence"!
One wonders to what extent Catholic Concern for Animals, originally
founded in 1929, has been successful in ameliorating ignorance amongst
Catholics towards animals and their God-given interests.
All God's creatures (II)
John Gilheany wonders how Catholic Concern for Animals has been
effective in enlightening Catholics about animals (Letters, 8 May). The
fact that the archive material upon which he comments is so obviously
outdated is one indicator that there has indeed been progress. Cathedral
services, animal blessing services, retreats, publications and prayers
over the years have brought many to a greater understanding of the value
of animals as creatures of God and not just as objects for human use.
Unlike Catechisms of the past, the Catechism of the Catholic Church
states that we owe humans kindness, that we should emulate the
gentleness towards them of such saints as Francis of Assisi and Philip
Neri, and that, as their stewards, we should avoid being causes of their
suffering. This shows the Church has moved far from the dismissive and
hubristic attitude of a century ago.
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