Friday, December 12, 2014
POPE FRANCIS SAYS DOGS CAN GO TO HEAVEN, EVOLUTION IS REAL AND GOD ISN'T A MAGICIAN
I've recently touched on Heaven and Purgatory, and noticed this morning a Vatican City blurb with this headline in USA Today:
More specifically, in a recent public appearance, he comforted a boy whose dog had recently died, noting, "One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God's creatures." Hey, after all, St. Francis of Assisi was the Patron Saint of Animals.
Is this a reversal of Catholic theology? The official position is that animals don't have souls and, thus, cannot go to Heaven.
Impulsively, there have been countless contradictions, for in 1990 Pope John Paul II said animals have souls. However, his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, in 2008 gave a sermon saying the opposite.
The fact that I'm spending so much space on a clearly kooky topic is itself perhaps frivolous, but this is Friday, and Pope Francis has a 78% approval rating in the USA. The most powerful Man in the whole world, President Barack Obama just hit an all-time low, 40%:
Further, just last month I saw this headline:
Yes, he actually shared a revelation that evolution and the big bang theory (not the TV show) are real and God does not have a magic wand. Again, here is the exact quote:
The Big Bang, which today we hold to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator but, rather, requires it. Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.
There are more than a billion Catholics and double that number of "Christians," and many of them take a public comment from a Pope as serious stuff. Does a pope have special connections to Heaven providing extraordinary papal credibility? Well, I think not, if there is a Heaven, and my sense is that Pope Francis was just being kind to this young child in some mental distress.