December 13th, 2014 10:22 EST
Pope Francis: All Dogs Go to Heaven! Amen and Amen! Pope Francis Rules!
"Pope Francis continues to show he`s anything but traditional. During a recent public appearance, Francis comforted a boy whose dog had died, noting: One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God`s creatures.
Theologians say Francis " who took his papal name from the patron saint of animals, St. Francis of Assisi " was only speaking conversationally.
But the remark is being seen by some as a reversal of conservative Catholic theology that states because they are soulless, animals can`t go to heaven."
When I go to heaven I expect to see streets of gold, angels playing harps, double rainbows, and dogs and cats playing in meadows. Heaven simply wouldn`t be heaven, at least not for me, if my dearly departed pets aren`t there waiting for me.
Catholic dogma has always rigidly stated that animals can`t go to heaven because they don`t possess a soul. Anybody who has owned a cat, dog, hamster or any other pet, knows that this is theological garbage. I`m sustained, on a daily basis, by the love that my pooch, Mandy, showers on me. Even my imperious and mischievous cats seem to realize when I need a good dose of love; they snuggle next to me when I`m feeling down.
Theologians say Francis was only speaking conversationally, and therefore his compassionate statement about animals shouldn`t be accepted as Gospel. Anybody who is familiar with the Gospels knows that Jesus Christ often imparted divine truths while speaking conversationally with his disciples.
Pope Francis who took his papal name from the patron saint of animals, St. Francis of Assisi, really believes that animals are welcome in paradise.
Midnight, Patches and Molly, my dearly departed pets, will welcome me to heaven with sloppy kisses.