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A NEW LOOK AT THE CHRISTIAN MESSAGE OF COMPASSION TOWARDS THE WEAK, INCLUDING ANIMALS

02 Aug

ANIMAL ETHICS CONFERENCE

“Over 150 academics from every major religious tradition gathered recently at St Stephen’s House in Oxford for the world’s first international meeting on religion and animals.

RELIGION AND ANIMALS

The historic Anglican religious house, formerly home of the Cowley Fathers, hosted the event, which was organised by the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, an ecumenical institute founded by the distinguished theologian Professor Andrew Linzey, whose work over the past few decades has done much to increase awareness of animal welfare issues among Christians.

CATHOLIC CONCERN FOR ANIMALS

Catholic delegates included representatives of Catholic Concern for Animals. The conference heard how many saints, Church fathers and popes had been noted for compassion to animals, but that more needed to be done to make the Church’s position clear.

MANY SAINTS AND POPES WERE NOTED THROUGH THE CENTURIES FOR THEIR COMPASSION TO ANIMALS

Some delegates had supplied information to assist Pope Francis, who is said to be drafting a text on the subject of ecology…

It was anticipated that new interpretations of relations between humans over animals in the light of the overriding Christian message of compassion towards the weak, the poor and the vulnerable would discover common ground between Catholics and others concerned for animal welfare.”
– This is an excerpt of an article entitled “Animal ethics conference calls for clarity on ecology issues” published in “The Catholic Universe” newspaper, issue Friday 25th July, 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.thecatholicuniverse.com (external link).

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