The Heaven and Hell Debate Gets Serious

The Pope has apparently generated a bit of a stir this week by declaring: “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.” But in fact this question was dogmatically resolved a few years ago by the ordinary magisterium of the Catholic Church, as noted in this 2013 blog article.

Edit: If we read the signs carefully, we will see that what the Roman Catholic Church’s ordinary magisterium teaches is that Catholic dogs go to heaven. It does not actually dogmatically define what happens to the dogs of the heterodox. We Eastern Orthodox can, I think, be more optimistic on this question. 🙂

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12 Responses to The Heaven and Hell Debate Gets Serious

  1. My bearded dragon and oscillated skink will be in Heaven waiting for me, right? As an Evangelical, I was always told animals won’t make it to Heaven.


  2. Dan says:

    They may…by fido alone.


  3. Bilbo says:

    If cats have any say in the matter, will any dogs go to Heaven?


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  5. brian says:

    What a hilarious dialogue. I actually believe all rocks go to heaven as well, but then again I largely have a Catholic intellectual background. It is the paucity of Evangelical imagination that is often so trying.

    As for the war between cats and dogs, I surmise that goes away with the similar strife between lions and lambs, though I’m pretty sure in the feline version of Scripture, God is a cat.


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