* In scripture, Job speaks of "the soul of every living
thing" (Job 12:10)
* St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, notes that
"animal is named from soul" [Latin:
* Pope John Paul II said "animals possess a soul"
* St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church, said, "For man
consists of soul and body, but so do the beasts. There is no doubt that in the
natural order the soul is superior to the body. But in the soul of man there is
reason, which is not present in the beast."
Augustine notes above, humans souls have reason, whereas animal souls do not
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"For every animal of the forest is mine, beasts by the thousands on my
mountains. I know every bird of the heavens; the creatures of the field belong
to me." (Ps. 50:10-11)
"[Jesus said:] Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them
falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge." (Mt. 10:29)
"In all created things discern the providence and wisdom of God, and in all
things give Him thanks." (St. Teresa of Jesus, Doctor of the Church)
"Every being that is not God, is God's creature. Now every creature of God is
Good (1 Tm. 4:4), and God is the greatest good. Therefore every being is good."
(St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the
history of the Church")
"Not only heaven and earth, not only man and angel, even the bowels of the
lowest animal, even the wing of the bird, the flower of the plant, the leaf of
the tree, hath God endowed with every fitting detail of their nature." (St.
Augustine, Doctor of the Church)
"For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made; for
what you hated, you would not have fashioned. And how could a thing remain,
unless you willed it; or be preserved, had it not been called forth by you? But
you spare all things, because they are yours, O LORD and lover of souls, for
your imperishable spirit is in all things!" (Wisdom 11:24-26,12:1)
"I will make a covenant for them on that day, with the beasts of the field, With
the birds of the air, and with the things that crawl on the ground. Bow and
sword and war I will destroy from the land, and I will let them take their rest
in security. I will espouse you to me forever: I will espouse you in right and
in justice, in love and in mercy; I will espouse you in fidelity, and you shall
know the LORD." (Hosea 2:20-22)
"We must hold and believe unshakably that whatever creatures there are in the
heavens, whatever on earth, whatever in the sea and in all the depths, they have
been created by God; because, as we have already said: 'He made all that He
willed, in the heavens and on earth, in the sea and in all the depths.' He was
not compelled to make all that He made; rather, 'everything that He willed, He
made.' The cause of all that He made is His will... God created by reason of His
goodness; He was in need of nothing that He made; therefore, 'everything
whatsoever He willed, He made.'" (St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church, c. 5th
"As to the union, harmony, and peace among the various animals which are by
nature mutually inimical and hostile, the elders say that it will really be so,
when Christ comes again to be King over all." [St. Irenaeus (a disciple of St.
Polycarp, a hearer of St. John the Apostle), c. 190-200 A.D.]
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