The Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor at large of America, the Catholic magazine, said he believed that Francis was at least asserting that “God loves and Christ redeems all of creation,” even though conservative theologians have said paradise is not for animals.

“He said paradise is open to all creatures,” Father Martin said. “That sounds pretty clear to me.”


  1. First the poetry and now the Triddy track?

    Jeez, now I guess I have to start taking over the porn patrol and GET THAT DAMN NOVEL WRITTEN!


  2. And for the record, mortal souls don’t change their ontology on a pope’s say so…

    Now, about that interpersonal ethics fiction…


  3. Funny post and comments. Thanks.

  4. Sviluppo:

    Correction: December 12, 2014

    An earlier version of this article misstated the circumstances of Pope Francis’ remarks.

    He made them in a general audience at the Vatican, not in consoling a distraught boy whose dog had died.

    The article also misstated what Francis is known to have said.

    According to Vatican Radio, Francis said: “The Holy Scripture teaches us that the fulfillment of this wonderful design also affects everything around us,” which was interpreted to mean he believes animals go to heaven.

    Francis is not known to have said: “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.”

    (Those remarks were once made by Pope Paul VI to a distraught child, and were cited in a Corriere della Sera article that concluded Francis believes animals go to heaven.)

    More here and here.

  5. Rufus McCain says

    He wasn’t talking about heaven, but about the renewal of all creation.

  6. Amazing how wrong the press got this guy – it’s like he meant it or sump tin…


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