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'Catholic Herald' Debate (1980)Letters

Why is the Church silent on animals?

Patrick O'Donovan, October 3, gives himself away in his article which says "Animals were created for the use of humans". It's the word "use" we animal lovers hate, because it has a thoroughly nasty connotation. Popes throughout the ages have - quite rightly - defended the rights of those in their Christly charge, but never has any Church dignitary, Catholic or Anglican, spoke of man's responsibility to the creatures of Christ's planet.
 
The Church is far and away bereft of any feeling whatsoever towards sentient creatures. Its record on the subject is not poor - sadly it's non-existent.
 
Margaret Farrel
(10/10/80)

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