Recently, we have seen church leaders calling for compassion for animals, ingratiating themselves like politicians by rallying behind a fashionable concern. While a cardinal, Pope Ratzinger in addressing the subject of foie gras spoke against the “industrial use of creatures,” stating how “hens live so packed together that they become just caricatures of birds,” opining that “degrading of living creatures to a commodity seems to me in fact to contradict the relationship of mutuality that comes across in the Bible.” Other leaders, usual suspects like the Dalai Lama, have also issued statements on proper “stewardship,” the oxymoron for dominion.
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew goes even further, proclaiming that not protecting the planet is sinful—a position some consider radical. • • •
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