“Ask Susi” Archive

~by Susi Pittman

Question: Pope Francis has been in the news lately about claiming that animals go to heaven. One of the TV morning shows marveled at his statement saying that Catholic theology doesn’t believe animals go to heaven. I know that I’ve been told by my priest that animals don’t go to heaven. Does our Catholic faith teach that animals don’t go to heaven?

Question: My parish priest told me that “we (meaning the Catholic Church) do not believe that animals go to heaven, because they have no souls.” But, my heart and faith in Jesus tells me otherwise. Is what he said true?

Question: What does Sacred Scripture actually tell us about the creation of the world, and was man’s creation somehow different in some way?

Question: Numerous times in your writings you have alluded to the animals and creation “being hard-wired” by God to be who and what they are. And you go on to say that you believe them to be redeemed by Christ and moving to an eternal existence. Explain that.

Question: Pope Francis has been in the news lately, as global media wipes the egg off their face crediting him with a remark given by Pope Paul VI regarding animals in heaven. One TV morning show marveled at the fact that the Pope would even believe such, stating that Catholic theology doesn’t believe animals go to heaven. I know that I’ve been told by my priest that animals don’t go to heaven. Does our Catholic faith teach that animals don’t go to heaven?

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