The Church needs to comfort those who mourn the death of companion animals, for their bond of love can be as great as it is for their own children.
The Church needs to pray for the companion animals of parishioners, as they would for any other member of their family.
The Church needs to recognize that animals, like humans, were created as living souls, and that they are in heaven, too.
The Church needs to recognize the horrible suffering inflicted upon animals in the fur trade, and stop the wearing of fur in the churches.
The Church needs to recognize the horrible suffering inflicted upon farmed animals in factory farming operations and slaughterhouses, and stop serving the flesh and bodily secretions of these tortured animals at church functions.
The Church needs to set the example of what it means to be the loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God (Matthew 5:9) that the whole of creation is anxiously waiting for, to free it from the corruption to which it has been subjected (Romans 8:18-23).
The Church needs to truly be merciful!