popefrancis-quoteI’m late on posting this, I know. But I think it bears repeating for the 1.2 billion Catholics in the world — that this Pope gets it! Maybe I should send him a VEGAN t-shirt.

In his recent encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis asked that we STOP BEING CRUEL TO ANIMALS saying, “We have only one heart, and the same wretchedness which leads us to mistreat an animal will not be long in showing itself in our relationships with other people. Every act of cruelty towards any creature is contrary to human dignity.”

In the encyclical, the Pope reminds believers, “We read in the Gospel that Jesus says of the birds of the air that ‘not one of them is forgotten before God’ ( Lk 12:6). How then can we possibly mistreat them or cause them harm?”


In it, he also addresses the excuse almost every animal advocate has heard from those who want to keep eating animals even though it’s cruel and unnecessary — the excuse that “God put animals for us to eat.” Pope Francis agrees with animal advocates that “dominion” doesn’t mean utter *domination*: “…Absolute domination over other creatures is misinterpretation of God’s grant of “dominion” over creation.”

Late last year, he acknowledged that evolution and the big bang are real and that they are not incompatible with faith in a creator — maybe making science less scary for the faithful. He said that God is not “a magician with a magic wand.”


That compassion is a cornerstone to all major religions seems to be obvious and even easy to understand. Why not put it into action? To extend our circle of compassion to include the meekest among us should also seem obvious. Making animal-free food choices is the perfect way, religious or not, to bring your true values of compassion, justice, and kindness into real world action.