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What is the Catholic teaching on the use of animals?

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2416: Animals deserve kindness as they are God's creation and under His care. Animals are God's creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. ...
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What is the biblical basis of the "goats are evil" trope?

The Overall Significance of Goats in the Bible Goats in the Bible generally have a good significance. They were among the clean animals that could be eaten (see Leviticus 11; Deuteronomy 14:3-21), ...
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Why does Justin Martyr say that those who are unworthy of seeing God will become imprisoned in animal bodies?

First, keep in mind that Trypho is (almost certainly) a fictional character. He takes the statement in stride because it suits Justin's purpose. To answer your question, transmigration of the soul ...
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What is the Catholic teaching on the use of animals?

From the Catholic Encyclopedia article "Cruelty to Animals," a quote from Cardinal Manning, in which he says that man must show mercy to animals, not for their sakes, but for our and God's sakes: ...
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According to Catholicism, were animals created in the image of anything?

The short answer is that all creatures, even the humblest, bear a certain resemblance to their Creator. However, of all the creatures we are familiar with on earth, only man can be said to be “in God’...
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Does Catholic Church condemn cruelty to animals?

CCC 2415-2418 in the 7th commandment section concerns this. Note, it is under the 7th commandment (thou shalt not steal) not the 5th commandment (thou shalt not kill) because animals are not people. ...
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Why is the word "dragon" in the Bible?

The portrayal of the "dragon" originates from the "serpent" images in the OT, but is used in Revelation as the devouring predator enemy of Christ. Excerpt from my post "The Signs of Revelation - Part ...
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What was done with animals WITH defects?

I think Malachi offers a little more insight into this: When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that ...
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Under what basis does the Catholic Church consider animals, in particular great apes, not to be persons?

Humans have the gift of free will given directly by God [CCC 1730], as well as a soul [CCC 1703]. Only humans have an immortal soul. Many higher mammals have the traits you speak of: wolves, most ...
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From a Thomistic perspective, why is there homosexuality among animals?

From a Thomistic perspective, why is there homosexuality among animals? Thomasistic philosophy does not accord to animals the same moral status or equal consideration with humans due to a lack of ...
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According to Christian evolutionists, how can the suffering of evolution be reconciled with a loving God?

Overview There are two ways the term "Christian evolutionist" may be understood. One is to see change in the animal kingdom through the lens of the Bible. The other is to see change through ...
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Understanding of "clean" and "unclean" animals before dietary laws

God never revealed the basis for His distinction between clean and unclean animals This is an assumption, and it may well be false. All we know is that such a revelation is not recorded in the Bible. ...
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Are there philosophical explanations for why God would allow animals to suffer due to non-human causes?

Are there philosophical explanations for why God would allow animals to suffer due to non-human causes? St. Thomas Aquinas has something to say about it! The problem of animal suffering is the ...
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Why is the word "dragon" in the Bible?

According to a Young Earth Creationist perspective, such as found in The Remarkable Record of Job by Henry Morris, dragons are real historical creatures that are now extinct. He claimed that some of ...
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What was done with animals WITH defects?

What is an animal with a defect? According to Deuteronomy 15:21 (NIV) lameness or blindness would be considered a defect. In my personal experience around cattle not having both testicles is a defect....
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Origin of La Madonna Del Gatto

What are the origins of La Madonna Del Gatto? To put it in a nutshell, we may never know. Q: Any information on "gatta della Madonna" – a legend that at the time of the birth of Christ, a cat in ...
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What is the biblical basis of the "goats are evil" trope?

In Matthew 25, Jesus tells the parable of the Last Judgement, where the "sheep" (the saved) will be finally separated from the "goats" (the damned). While this is the most direct Biblical ...
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What is the significance of the donkey Jesus rode on Palm Sunday?

The primary passage that this incident corresponds to is Zechariah 9:9-10 (ESV) 9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; ...
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What is the significance of the donkey Jesus rode on Palm Sunday?

Yair Zakovitch, as cited by Bruce Feiler in Abraham, page 89, has considered the significance of the donkey. He explains: Look, the Gospels are a very good piece of Jewish literature, and they ...
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(LDS view) Do animals have a possibility to eternal life and is this dependent on Jesus atonoment applied to them?

Not much is written about animals going to heaven. In answer the OP quotes from EoM Animals and here is the whole first paragraph with answers (#1 bold, #2 italics): Latter-day Saints believe that ...
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Animal Kingdom before Sin Came into The Garden

According to Genesis there were no carnivores in God’s original creation. Genesis 1:29 and 30 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the ...
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What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on why God sanctioned eating meat after the fall if veganism was already the pre-fall standard?

Background information regarding the state of humanity prior to the flood: The depravity and ungodly lifestyles of the entire world at that time were enough to cause the Lord to “regret that He had ...
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What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on the 'animal cruelty' argument for veganism?

What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on the 'animal cruelty' argument for veganism? I find it hard to imagine that any Christian denomination would take such a stand as defending veganism ...
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According to believers in post-mortal consciousness, do animals also remain conscious after death?

The short answer is no, animals do not only not remain conscious after death, they are wholly annihilated. The longer answer is to correct a slight misconception in your question. It is true that ...
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What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on the 'animal cruelty' argument for veganism?

I am fairly confident you will not find an argument for veganism as such. On the one hand, it is worth noting that animals and humans were created to be vegetarian (Genesis 1:29) and that the New ...
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Why isn't the Spanish bullfight immoral, according to Catholicism?

Why is it not outright forbidden for faithful to attend Spanish bullfights? The short answer is that it is complicated! I believe that most Catholics would consider Spanish bullfighting immoral. At ...
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When did animals begin to die?

When did senescence enter the animal kingdom? To speak openly we may not know the exact moment when they became dying? But we have a few key points that the Scriptures can help in giving some ...
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When did animals begin to die?

All creatures were created mortal, if not - there would be no need for the tree of life. The tree of life was something only given to mankind, not animals. Animals do not possess Torah, nor Knowledge ...
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When did animals begin to die?

If we are to take the Bible at face value, it would seem to tell us that animals became mortal when Creation was cursed (Genesis 3:17, Romans 8 19-22), following The Fall. "Death came through sin&...
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When did animals begin to die?

When did animals become mortal? From the Jehovah's Witness perspective, animals were created mortal. The article "Death" from the Insight on the Scriptures brings out an interesting point: ...
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