There are many questions that surround our lives, death, and what happens after we die. These questions have plagued many people over the years. Often, the issue of what happens to animals after they die has come up. During his weekly address to the people from the Vatican, the Pope offers hope to one young boy concerning his beloved dog.
Going against the Catholic religions long standing belief on the outcome of animals after death, the Pope offered one small boy the hopes of seeing his dog once again in heaven. The Pope was quoted as saying, “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures,” as reported by an Italian news source.
Although his stand on the afterlife of animals was well received by animal rights groups, this statement goes against the beliefs of the church. Taking this stand against the past beliefs of the church is not a huge shock coming from Pope Francis. He has held controversial views on the Big Bang Theory, evolution, acceptance of the homosexual community, and having such entertainers as punk rock bands perform at the Vatican.
Regardless of what the true answer to the question of whether dogs go to heaven or not is no concern when it is considered the great service that the Pope did for this little boy’s damaged emotions. Gianfrancesco Genoso would like to see more of this from leaders in general around the world.