Pope Francis is the most non-traditional leader the Catholic Church has ever seen; from his views on gay marriage to his close interactions with the public. Now the Vatican leader has voiced his thoughts on ‘man and women’s best friend.’
According to reports, during a public appearance, Pope Francis met with a boy who’s dog had just passed away. He said, “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.”
That quote has stirred controversy. The conservative Catholic theology believes that animals are without souls and, therefore, cannot go to heaven. It turns out that Francis’ took his papal name from the patron saint of animals, St. Francis Assisi.
USA Today reports that Francis’ comments have sparked a debate. Now animal activism organizations are calling upon the Pope to help their cause.
On PETA’s website it says, “PETA has written to His Holiness to congratulate him and to offer a couple of simple ways that he can follow in St. Francis’ footsteps as a champion for animals. Because of the unholy abuse on factory farms and in slaughterhouses, we’ve asked Pope Francis to ensure that no factory-farmed meat, eggs, or dairy products are served at the Vatican and to offer as many meat-free meals as possible.”