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The Catholics Said What?!

Written by PETA | July 10, 2008

My people do me proud! A recent article in the National Catholic Worker praises the social and environmental benefits of being vegetarian. Granted, I’m not a Catholic per se, but as a Christian, the Catholic Workers are my favorite siblings. They work for—not just talk about—human rights, in the States and abroad, by putting their feet (and, in this case, their forks) where their faith is. They’re also not afraid to take on issues that catch them some heat.

The article goes on to say that the “only diet for a peacemaker is a vegetarian diet,” which is what we’ve been saying for years! I love that the Catholic Workers are owning up to this fact, too, and am hoping that Christians all over will be inspired by this. At PETA, we’ve got our own Blessed Are the Merciful video, which you can view here.

Of course, almost every religion has its own message of peace that, if you look closely, includes animals. But this article really struck a chord! I always found it a bit insincere that people were comfortable following a faith that preaches love and understanding yet don’t blink when it comes to eating those who need exactly that.

I’d love to hear about how you all relate religion and vegetarianism, too, so comment and let me know.

Peace!Posted by Missy Lane

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  • Holly says:

    Hello Storm You ask very good questions. When a calf is born on a milking farm the calf is taken away from its mother shortly after birth so the mother can be milked and her milk can be sold for humans to drink. Not enough to share! I grow up on a dairy farm and have heard those mother cows cry for their babies and the baby’s cry for their mothers. If the baby is a girl she is will grow up to be a milker her self and she will have her baby’s taken away so humans can drink her milk. Now if the baby is a boyhe is taken away from his mother and he penned up in a small area where he cant get much exercise. he is fed a diet that makes him anemic so his meat will be nice and pale and tender for he will become a veal calf and will be sent to slaughter when he is very young so he can be eatten by humans who enjoy eating baby calf flesh. Now the milking cow will give birth many times in her life time and have her baby’s taken away each and every time and she is milked until she can no longer give enough milk and then she is sent to slaughter and becomes hamburger because her flesh is not so tender after all the birthing and milking she wont become a steak not tender enough… Often fast food places buy milking cow hamburger it is cheaper…you know McDonald’s Burger King etc… The more humans demand milk the more baby calves die. Humans are drinking the cows baby’s milk. As a woman I cant stand to think of some one taking a new born away from a mother who wants her baby and a baby that wants its mother…this is so tragic… and sad… The chicken egg is another post… Got to go now.. Go Vegan save up to 100 farm animals per year. Don’t let your body become a graveyard for animals… Hope this helps… Keith yes civil is the best way to talk… Maya nice to see you again… Have a great Midsummer weekend everyone!

  • Kurt K says:

    I kinda figured that is what your prayer was getting at. It is a lovely prayer and thanks for the responses Maya and Holly. Its more fun to talk calmly and constructively about things instead of name calling and insults. I hope we can keep this trend going! Talk to you soon Kurt

  • Holly says:

    Thank You Maya I dont know who wrote it it was sent to me a while back and I liked it so much I kept it. It is a prayer that should be shared I think. Everyone enjoy this midsummer day and peace to all. Go vegan…

  • Holly says:

    Kurt A tree dies so I can have a house. I step on a small insect not knowing it was there… its like that… most important is to try to do no harm…or as little harm as possible. The Apostles and Nicene creeds are beautiful… Also followed by the Episcopal Church. and the Anglican Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of England… It is the book of common prayer they follow also and many have given up their lives for those very words in the creeds. Faith is very strong in so many…

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Hey Kurt! I have not had a chance to chat buddy! I hope Holly doesn’t mind if I respond I think the statements are seperate. In other words the first statement means that all humans impact the Earth. For example every time I eat a plant it must be ripped out of the soil and die. So it does not necessarily mean an animal must die. However the simple act of using a paved road or mall means that habitat was destroyed and dozens of animals may have died that way. It’s always good to acknowldedge that even I as a vegetarian will inevitable cause the death of many by my lifestyle. But saying to the animals you don’t have to suffer and die for me means that we do not ever assume that we have the right to kill an animal for our selfish needs. Love ya buddy. And thanks for letting me speak on Paganism. Again Holly lovely poem!

  • Kurt K says:

    In case some of you didn’t know the Catholic beliefs in a nut shell! “We believe in one God the Father the Almighty maker of heaven and earth of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ the only Son of God eternally begotten of the Father God from God Light from Light true God from true God begotten not made of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit the Lord the giver of life who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.” That about sums it up! But not really.

  • Kurt K says:

    Holly I am not trying to be disrepectful but I have a question about the prayer. It is a nice prayer don’t get me wrong. But is this a contradiction? “I acknowledge the truth that for me to live something must die.” And then “I say to the animals You do not have to suffer and die for me.” I just thought that was strange. Again I am not trying to be disrespectful.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Thank you Holly!! That was lovely!

  • Holly says:

    Aha the good Dr. Breen I see There is nothing cynical about it this prayer. This prayer is truth purity and goodness for all and a standard of life to live by. I hope we all can live by it all the days of our lives. Let us all live a peaceful life and do no harm. Go Vegan.

  • Holly says:

    A Vegan Pagan’s Prayer Lord of the forest and field Lady of the starlit night I acknowledge the truth that for me to live something must die. I give thanks for the gift of free will And I acknowledge the responsibility that comes with the freedom of choice. I choose then to abstain from the cycle of unnecessary suffering. I pledge to be an agent of healing not a bystander to slaughter. I say to the animals You do not have to suffer and die for me. I say to the workers You do not have to kill for me. I say to the corporate death machine You will no longer profit from my blindness. I say to the Earth and to all that is holy That though we are taught to feast upon war I choose to lay down the sword And take in peace instead. I ally myself with Nature not as her master but as her child. I will not claim dominion over that which is wiser than I. Lord of the forest and field Lady of the starlit night May compassion fulfill and transform me May I give as You give may I love as You love And may my choices bring grace to my life As You bring grace to the world. So mote it be.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Irene Hey I’m a Pagan too you’re the first one I’ve met here!! I wish all religions would speak more openly to each other. I strongly beleive that we all have different religions but they all have a common purpouse The one unifying purpouse of religion is to motivate people to behave in an ethical manner. That way our communities are safer happier and healthier. This includes treating all animals with respect.

  • Kurt K says:

    Thanks Carla! I appreciate that. Have a great week!

  • lynda downie says:

    Christopher C I agree great posts.

  • lynda downie says:

    The concept of a ‘soul’ is a human construct from Latinanima what animates and Gk psyche breathsomething all life has. The Church borrowed the concept from the ancients and in their hands it became something only humans possess.

  • Leah says:

    My decision to be a vegetarian has nothing to do with religion as an athiest. It is biologically unnatural for humans not to eat meat but I think we have a responsibility to be kind to animals because they don’t deserve to be treated poorly. I know that I wouldn’t want to be raised for the purpose of being slaughtered and eaten by another species! God or no god religion or no religion. It’s secular ethics to be compassionate.

  • :) says:

    Pastafarian Go Vegan…

  • Saucy says:

    Christianity will never die out until the full onslaught of the antichrist. However Doc you do make some valid points. I for one this modern day Christian am aware that the earth is much much older than 6000 years. Thats rediculous. Also there are civilizations that predate Adam and Eve. The Miracle of God is Mystical and Spiritual not logical Doc. Your on this post for a reason and I encourage you to explore and open your heart to the Love of God. The churches for all of their goodness and faith are in Error. It’s true. And anyone who believes everything they read in the text of the Bible is just plain foolish. The Bible itself expains in the forward that it is MARRED WITH MISTAKES AND HAS GRAVE ERRORS. What I find to be quite frankly dangerous is the modern Bibles that are being sold today that forward has been deleted. That is not good folks.

  • Kurt K says:

    If your nonreligious I will not shove my religion down your throat. We all must walk our own paths!

  • Carla says:

    Kurt K posted July 14 2008 0412 PM Good point I agree!

  • jackie says:

    I am not religious but I think any beliefs linked to God must be sensible about the animal cruelty.If there arent religions that love animals and like vegansso they cant say the truth about God.Unfortunatelyevery one are falses…

  • Kurt K says:

    Perhaps! You have made some really great points. I have made the statement to my friends and family that it was much easier to believe in God 50 years ago. Today we have contend with all the “evidence” and theories that make it hard to believe. I guess that is why faith is so important to christians. The physical world has boundries and limitations but the spiritual world has none. To me God is to complex to fully understand what he is in our current conditions. I would rather have faith in something beautiful than believe in nothing at all!

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    I do not disagree that catholicism is still prevalent. The fact remains christianity in it’s present form is dying a slow death. The numbers in Europe and here in the US play that out. The inevitable encroachment of science and knowledge has deeply eroded the superstitions of an ancient way of thought. Modern christians in an effort to come to terms with new knowledge like the earth really is older than 6000 years try to reinterpret the fairy tale with “well maybe a day to God is like a billion of our years.” In fact many are simply abandoning the whole hoax all together. I would contend that people have plenty of time to be religious they just don’t need it anymore. Religion answers fewer and fewer questions for modern peoples.

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