A Catholic animal advocate grapples with what she calls “the Church’s indifference to the suffering of animals,” and calls for change.
Author Virginia Bell, Catholic Action For Animals
What do the Bible and the Catholic Church say about how we should treat animals? Catholic Action for Animals answers that question and explores a religious perspective on kindness towards animals.
Contact the Apostolic Nuncio in your country, and ask Pope Francis to show his concern for creation by condemning the bullfight and directing that his Bishops officially proclaim his condemnation.
Many people have emailed the Vatican Press Office as part of a campaign asking the Pope to condemn the bullfight. But these letters do not seem to be eliciting a response.
The bullfight involves a ritual of prolonged, agonizing torture of bulls for entertainment. The Catholic Church needs to speak out against the bullfight partly because of the Church’s ability to exert influence in Catholic countries, and partly because the Church is complicit in this cruelty.
Laudato Si week will soon be here (June 12-19). One way to show concern for God’s creatures and support for the Pope’s call to action regarding ‘our common home’, is to sign my petition asking the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales to establish a Committee to address the moral aspect of our treatment of animals.
Pope St. Pius V described bullfights as “a spectacle for demons rather than men.” As a practicing Catholic, I am saddened to say that the moral aspect of our treatment of other creatures is a part of Catholic teaching that our Catholic leaders have long neglected. Pope Francis is trying to put that right. Let’s take advantage of that and ask him to condemn bullfighting.