I don’t know about you, but I was delighted by Pope Francis’ statement (not ex cathedra) that dogs go to Heaven. It just seemed so right. Especially since he didn’t mention cats. I kept thinking about Christ’s promise that whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven. (Sounds even better in the original Latin.)
I think most people must have smiled at this. Many would have recalled how the first St. Francis loved animals, and how they are blessed at church. Is anything more faithful and loving than one’s dog?
Except that, inevitably, some people will use this as an opportunity to beat up on their enemies. I got onto The New Republic website to see what bottom feeders remain with the magazine. And here you go. Ryan Kearney, the magazine’s new anti-Catholicism editor, introduced Francis’s statement this way: “In previous attempts to restore honor to Catholicism (if such honor ever existed) and to bring the Church into the 21st century (or into the 20th, at least).”
Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. TNR has never had great love for the Church. It’s rather like the Ford Foundation. They abandoned all of the donor’s principles, except they’re still anti-Semitic.
The only difference is the tone of the new New Republic. It used to be mind-numbingly boring. Now it’s simply vulgar. Same beliefs, but without the pretentions.
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