Does Pope Francis Supposedly Saying Animals Go To Heaven Want You To Come Back To The Church?

Our sick old kitty not long before he died.

I was reading a comment on a Facebook post that was in response to the false story that Pope Francis said Animals Go to Heaven. A woman commented:

I am sad that this is not true. As a fallen Catholic…it made me consider going back to the church as this Pope seemed more human and compassionate. That is something that has been lacking. Pope Francis is progressive enough to make me feel that the church can change to a place I want to be. Why not let this story stand as it was? Do you not get that Francis is calling to us to be better people? And by that, perhaps, call us back to church?

Here is my slightly edited response that I thought might be helpful to you if you are considering coming back to the Church because you think Pope Francis is “human” and “compassionate.” It is true he is “human” and “compassionate” but more is going on than you think.

The Church’s teaching has not and will not change. It is only the secular press that changes the spin on it. Such as calling the most gentle and humble man that Benedict XVI is “God’s Rottweiler.” Or deliberately taking very compassionate teachings of God and turning them into something completely different because they don’t serve the secular agenda. They take snippets of quotes but not all the quote because it will not fit their story. They twist good things to evil and make evil things good. Why pray tell is suddenly this non-story breaking world news? Because it fits a secular agenda and brings ratings. Pushing that animals are equal with people. They are wonderful creatures of God, but they are not people. A wonderful priest once told me that if your dog makes you happy than you will probably find your dog waiting for you in heaven, but it won’t be because the dog has a person type soul.

Pope Francis is truly kind and compassionate and “human” – but so was John Paul II and Benedict XVI and many of the popes before them. Pope Francis is not teaching anything different, and is not being “progressive.” He is just being shown what he is. He has a different “style” of doing things but isn’t teaching anything different. 

As soon as the press thinks that portraying him that way no longer serves their purpose than they will start portraying him as “rigid” “strict” “conservative” “caving into conservatives” or whatever headline they can think of to minimize him.

All the popes have been calling people to be better people. Try reading the John Paul’s Letter to Women  or to his Letter to Families. Go to Catholic Answers or Catholics Come Home or any number of good places to get true answers about what the faith teaches. Listen to Ave Maria Radio, or EWTN TV or Radio, Relevant Radio or any of the other Catholic radio networks that you can listen to online or an app or IHeartRadio. There are so many places that you can be fortified in your faith. We welcome you back. Find a priest you like, go to confession and take it one day at a time. Learn to pray. If there is a teaching you don’t understand take the time to get educated as to why the church teaches what it does – not what some someone else says it teaches. God loves you, the Church (whose job it is to help you get to heaven) loves you and I love you. Please consider coming back. The love is waiting for you, you only have to reach for it.

And some Bonus Answers – Do Animals Go to Heaven? Fr. Z tells us all about it,  
Catholic Answers Forum Discussing Pets in Heaven.

Understanding What is Really Going On in the Latest Abuse Scandals

Every Holy Week the hounds of hell come out to cause trouble for the Church. This year the secular press, especially the New York Times, has tried without fail to pull down the Church, and tie the Pope to the abuse scandals in Europe and the latest scandal here. They have printed numerous articles but have not even contacted people who would best know the facts. Or like MSNBC they makeup headlines such as the one this week that said “Pope Describes Touching Boys: I Went Too Far,” even though the article is not even about the Pope. They had to retract that one.

Here are some articles to help you make sense of what is going on with these latest scandals.

First, I want to refer you to the last post I wrote about this: Every Catholic Should Read This. I note this specifically because the Vatican did not even have juridical responsibility about abuse cases until 2001. Local bishops did. Then Cardinal Ratzinger then was flooded with cases that were sent to him from around the world through 2004. He went through each and every case, and justice became swift, most without a trial because the evidence was overwhelming.

In the US the latest despicable scandal is of Fr. Lawrence Murphy of Milwaukee who abused possibly as many as 200 deaf boys. Murphy died during his trial. Unfortunately, local police authorities, when notified when the abuse happened refused to prosecute. Here are articles to help you understand what happened:

Setting the record straight in the case of abusive Milwaukee priest Fr. Lawrence Murphy
by Fr. Thomas Brundage, JCL who was the judge in the Fr. Murphy case but was never contacted by the New York Times even though they “quoted” him.

Cardinal Ratzinger an Evil Monster? by Jimmy Akin at the National Catholic Register

The Vatican Statement on “Murphy” Case by NY Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

Scoundrel Time(s) by George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, and the author of The Courage To Be Catholic: Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church,” among other books.

These articles are about the general abuse crisis and the coverage by the press:

The Holy Office Speaks at Whispers in the Loggia

To Whom Shall We Go? by Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

The Courage Not to Be Intimidated at Whispers in the Loggia.

There are many other articles but these are the most noteworthy. I hope you will take the time to read them so that you can be informed.

Update:  It is scary when Pravda understands more of the truth than the New York Times:  To Confuse the Wood With the Trees

Every Catholic Should Read This

The sex abuse crisis in the Catholic church has been difficult for everyone.  The American church has been rocked for years, and now this has spread to Ireland and parts of Europe.  This has been a boon to those who hate the Catholic Church, especially the media who try their hardest to link any scandal directly with the pope, no matter how farfetched it is.

Unfortunately, many people cannot separate those priests and bishops who have done evil, from the Church herself.  This has caused many to lose their faith in the Church and in Christ.  Others have used the crisis as an excuse to leave.  An excuse to not even attempt to pursue a life with Jesus.

The secular press continues to give the impression that the Church is doing nothing but covering up the problems, but many changes have been made and that will continue into the future.  I want to call to your attention an article in the National Catholic Reporter entitled Will Ratzinger’s past trump Benedict’s present? – The Pope and the Sex Abuse Crisis. 

Now, normally I would not recommend anything from the National Catholic Reporter, of which the kindest thing to be said is that it is the main dissenting Catholic newspaper in the United States.  Let’s just say it really lacks any fidelity to the Church.  The paper’s one bright spot though is the reporter John L. Allen, Jr. who shows us in this article that Pope Benedict, who is now arguably the most knowledgeable person in the Vatican on the sex abuse issue,  is on a serious crusade to rid the Church of the “filth” that has invaded it. Here is an excerpt:

Though it didn’t look like it at the time, the turning point in Ratzinger’s attitude came in May 2001, with a legal document from John Paul II titled Sacramentum sanctitatis tutela. Technically known as a motu proprio, the document assigned juridical responsibility for certain grave crimes under canon law, including sexual abuse of a minor, to Ratzinger’s congregation. It also compelled diocesan bishops all over the world to forward their case files to Rome, where the congregation would make a decision about the appropriate course of action.
In the wake of the motu proprio, Ratzinger dispatched a letter to the bishops of the world, subjecting accusations of sexual abuse against priests to the authority of his office… the motu proprio triggered an “avalanche” of files in Rome, most of which arrived in 2003 and 2004. Eventually… more than 3,000 cases worked their way through the congregation.

By all accounts, Ratzinger was punctilious about studying the files, making him one of the few churchmen anywhere in the world to have read the documentation on virtually every Catholic priest ever credibly accused of sexual abuse. As a result, he acquired a familiarity with the contours of the problem that virtually no other figure in the Catholic church can claim.

Driven by that encounter with what he would later refer to as “filth” in the church, Ratzinger seems to have undergone something of a “conversion experience” throughout 2003-04. From that point forward, he and his staff seemed driven by a convert’s zeal to clean up the mess.

Of the 500-plus cases that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith dealt with prior to Benedict’s election to the papacy, the substantial majority were returned to the local bishop authorizing immediate action against the accused priest — no canonical trial, no lengthy process, just swift removal from ministry and, often, expulsion from the priesthood. In a more limited number of cases, the congregation asked for a canonical trial, and in a few cases the congregation ordered the priest reinstated.

In my humble opinion, this cannot come too soon.  Let’s find the priests or bishops that engaged in this evil and get rid of them as soon as possible.  Out.  Out.  Now.  Let’s rid the Church of this evil, clean up this mess, help the victims, support the majority of priests that have been demoralized and spat upon because of the few, and get on with spreading the teachings of Christ.

You need to read this article to see how far we have come and what is actually being done to solve this problem.

UPDATE:  Here is another article by the same author you may want to read as well:  
Keeping the Record Straight on Benedict and the Crisis.
and you might be interested in Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s commentary at Standing on My Head