While I actually agree with PETA when they say we should treat our animals well (even when we proceed to kill and eat them), and that we shouldn’t keep any creature for cosmetics and fur, they have crossed the line of fairness, honesty and good taste here. In the first place, they perpetuate the myth that Pope Benedict XVI has allowed the use of condoms, and, secondly, they ridicule the sensitivities of Catholics everywhere. I wonder what the outcry would be if an image of an imam or rabbi were used in the ad?
BUT (yes, it’s an important one), the response from Catholic bloggers has hardly been any more laudable. Thomas Peters and Father Z both suggest that the response of choice should be to go out and eat more meat… As if it’s the animals’ fault that PETA is a bunch of loonies without a proper sense of respect for others.
Out with the PETA-loonies, in with good sense and common decency.
Today the Church celebrates the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. While the words are not unfamiliar, many people assume that they refer to the birth of Jesus, who was ‘without sin’. In reality, though, the sinless one in this case is His mother.
Father Dwight Longenecker explains the Catholic teaching about “Mary, full of grace” in his blog:
“Protestant says, “You Catholics hold to the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but it’s totally un-Biblical.” So we refer them the story of the annunciation where Mary is greeted with the term ‘full of grace’. (Luke 1.28) We conclude that if she was ‘full of grace’ then she had no sin for the Biblical definition of sin is to “fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23) If she was “full of grace” then we only have to ask when this fullness started and we conclude logically that it must have started when her life started, and life starts at conception so she must have been conceived without sin.” [More at Standing On My Head]