The following is a statement made by Pope Francis in an interview during the time he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires :
interesting fact about this paganism….. the amount spent on non-necessities
worldwide. Let’s put aside spending on necessary things such as food and
medicine. Of those things that are not necessities, or superfluous things, the
greatest amount is spent on pets. The most unnecessary spending is made on
pets. Pets are idolized. And there’s the idolatry to buy, to rent, to have a
feeling to give as I want, where I want, without needing a response, isn’t that
true? It’s all a caricature of love. And the second largest amount of money is
spent on cosmetology. Cosmetics. I don’t remember exactly the amounts
worldwide, but there are millions and millions spent on these two things. Meanwhile
the Pope is talking about children who are dying of hunger in underdeveloped
continents like Africa, Asia and America. First come pets. And then if there is something left we
throw it to the children…
I found the statement quite troubling and recently sent an email to Pope Francis via his private secretary .
My email follows ( I won't hold my breath waiting for a response ! ) :
Your Holiness :
Thank you so much for your visit to the U.S.A. I am
confident that your profound spiritual messages to the American people will
have a very positive effect on a troubled country.
I happened to see an interview on EWTN that you gave when
you were Archbishop of Buenos Aires . You were speaking of modern forms of
idolatry and mentioned excessive spending on cosmetics and the maintenance of
I of agree with your comments on cosmetics , but
found the remarks on pets troubling .
Many people in the U.S.A. and other nations have pets and
find them to be very enjoyable and consoling , particularly for their
characteristics of innocence and unconditional love . Moreover , pets can be
considered very positive for children since caring for them teaches children
responsibility and gentleness .
I should also note that animals ,more
particularly dogs , provide protection and support for the armed forces and law
enforcement and are often loved as pets by those who work with them .
Pets are also being used in this country by nursing homes
and hospitals as comforters of elderly residents and sick people . They are
also employed as helpers of the blind and of disabled persons .
My position is that pets are a very valuable part of human
life and should be viewed as such .
Your Holiness , has your view of pets changed or do you
still view having pets as idolatry ?
Most respectfully ,
Alfred E. McGuire