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Priests Concelebrates With "Sick and Sad" Doggie

“Sorry, but my doggie is very sick, and if I leave it at home it gets sad so I brought it to Mass,” Father Gerardo Zatarain García of Todos Los Santos parish, Torreón, Mexico, explained during a Lenten Mass.

The dog was sitting on the priest's lap and chasuble. Zatarain said that it is called Paloma (Spanish for pigeon) and that it is old and very much affected when left on its own.

The parish was the first in the world located in a sports and entertainment venue. The church is located next to the Corona soccer stadium. It was paid by the developers of the area who wanted to give the faith a space as important as the sport. The church holds 400 people with a columbarium hosting 492 niches.

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Placing an animal above God is a sin of idolatry. In Romans 1 Saint Paul explains how Sodomites are idolaters who place the creature above God. If he wants to dedicate his life to caring for the animal then let a faithful priest take care of the parish since he is definitely not suitable for that position.
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Ultraviolet
" I have no problem with animals in churches as long as they behave." Does that include them urinating on the carpets? @Cuthbert Mayne
Liam Ronan
There are things infinitely more vile committed in the sanctuaries of the Church these days by human beings, both clerical and lay, than that which any animal might; animals which by nature are morally innocent and incapable of sacrilege. The human predators are more bestial than animals.
Ultraviolet
"There are things infinitely more vile committed..." Doesn't change the fact a dog taking a hot steaming leak during Mass IS vile.

"morally innocent and incapable of sacrilege."

Humans, however, are not. ...including the sacrilege of knowingly bringing something into God's home that will inevitably, according to its nature, befoul it.
Liam Ronan
You have either missed or not read my first nuanced observations (below). Your imagery of a 'hot and steaming leak' are akin to the phraseology of a dime-store novel.
Ultraviolet
Your "nuance" was read, noted and replied to. My imagery is the ugly reality you would rather ignore when it happens in Church during Mass. Clearly, you would put your pet before God, both literally and figuratively.
Ultraviolet
You're assuming a very great deal @Cuthbert Mayne , Not all churches with carpeting also have padded seats. The flooring, at least in my experience here in Murrica, has no bearing on the tabernacle or the altar rail. I say this as a church "tourist".

Even if there are tile or even marble floors, is bringing a pet (dog/ cat/ whatever) into church in any way pious when its owner knows irrefut…More
You're assuming a very great deal @Cuthbert Mayne , Not all churches with carpeting also have padded seats. The flooring, at least in my experience here in Murrica, has no bearing on the tabernacle or the altar rail. I say this as a church "tourist".

Even if there are tile or even marble floors, is bringing a pet (dog/ cat/ whatever) into church in any way pious when its owner knows irrefutably sooner or later it will urinate and defecate in the House of God?

If you're worried about moderinst leanings, this lack of reverence for the sacredness of the church itself, is far more modernist than the carpeting.
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provivoe
Has desacralized his church and his priesthood. Such priests should be sent away immediately
Liam Ronan
Although the following passage immediately concerns Our Lord's healing of the man with the withered hand, He does offer a vicarious comparison of sorts which may be appropos to priest and his suffering dog:

"...But he answered, Is there a man among you that has a sheep, who would not take hold of it and pull it out, if it should fall into a pit on the sabbath? And of what value is a sheep …More
Although the following passage immediately concerns Our Lord's healing of the man with the withered hand, He does offer a vicarious comparison of sorts which may be appropos to priest and his suffering dog:

"...But he answered, Is there a man among you that has a sheep, who would not take hold of it and pull it out, if it should fall into a pit on the sabbath? And of what value is a sheep compared to a man? There is nothing unlawful, then, in doing a work of mercy on the sabbath day..." Matthew 12:11

I take it that alleviating the suffering of a sheep (animal) can be inferred as a work of mercy.
provivoe
dogs or any animal do NOT belong in the church which is the House of God !
provivoe
It is not a work of mercy to bring animals in the church, it is a work of desacralisation
Liam Ronan
"There is nothing unlawful, then, in doing a work of mercy..."

The 'work of mercy' antecedent was, if you will, the pulling of a sheep out of a pit. Sheep do not belong in pits nor do dogs belong in Church; however as it was an act of mercy and no sin to extract the distressed sheep from a pit neither is it a sin but rather an act of mercy to calm a terrorized dying dog on the Sabbath. I agree …More
"There is nothing unlawful, then, in doing a work of mercy..."

The 'work of mercy' antecedent was, if you will, the pulling of a sheep out of a pit. Sheep do not belong in pits nor do dogs belong in Church; however as it was an act of mercy and no sin to extract the distressed sheep from a pit neither is it a sin but rather an act of mercy to calm a terrorized dying dog on the Sabbath. I agree that animals have no place in Church; however, on unexpected or extraordinary occasions it might be tolerable. Someone in the parish that the dog is familiar with might volunteer to mind Father's dog while he says Mass in future. There is nothing to indicate the dog was misbehaved or Mass was interrupted.

"God made every sort of wild beast, and all the different kinds of cattle and of creeping things; and God saw it, and found it good." Genesis 1:25 et. seq.
provivoe
What the priest did was pure desacralisation, an insult to God. Keep on advocating this devlish phantasy ?
Cuthbert Mayne
Some animals (dogs in particular) are more faithful than some Bishops. I have no problem with animals in churches as long as they behave. After all, Our Lord was incarnated surrounded by animals, so what’s the matter with animals being present at His Real presence in the Eucharist?
Cuthbert Mayne
@Ultraviolet I usually avoid going to churches with carpets and padded seats, these are sure signs of modernist leanings. Often churches with carpets don’t have altar rails and have hidden tabernacles.
provivoe
In old Canon law it was strictly forbidden to let enter animals in a church. In the East when a dog has entered a church, the church must be consecrated again by the bishop. I won't argue here anymore, who finds it OK to desacralize our churches, must see it for himself. Subjective feelings are not the objective reality.
Cuthbert Mayne
Can you please quote the old canon law, as feelings aren’t objective reality.