This would be funny if not so pathetic for a Protestant denomination (and many Catholics are open to this kind of thing) which has distance itself from the Mother Church of Rome in so many silly ways. The Lambeth Conference in the 1930's that opened the door to artificial contraception through the denigration of natural law leads to this: no children, more pets treated like children.
I wonder if any Catholic parishes have done such a thing (apart from the blessing of pets on the Feast of Saint Francis)?
This appeared in this morning's Augusta Chronicle and on the front page so important a story it is:
Church of the Holy Comforter invites members' pets to service
Church members bring pets to service
No matter the outfit, Sunday’s service at Church of the Holy Comforter was a night to remember for local pet owners.
“Dogs are part of your family,” said the Rev. Cynthia Taylor, the church’s pastor. “And with Christmas being so close, we wanted to invite animals to worship with their owners during the holiday season.”
The event – coined “A Critter Christmas” – was attended by dozens of dog owners, including Georgie Blackburn, who was tugged by Cheyanne, 15; Reinee, 7; and Sidney, 2. Blackburn dressed each dog in festive attire.
“Cheyanne, Reinee and Sidney are therapy dogs and it means the world to bring them places during the holiday season,” Blackburn said. “It always amazes me how happy it makes people when they get to pet a dog – especially for individuals who don’t have family around this time of year.”
Taylor said the event was sparked by church member Heather Schneller, who attended a parish in Fayetteville, Ark., that allowed pets each Sunday. When Schneller moved to the Augusta area in May, she mentioned the idea to her pastor.
“I have two dogs myself, and they truly are members of my family,” Schneller said. “Bringing them to worship each week was something people (in Fayetteville) really enjoyed doing.”
“We’re not here to worship our dogs or anything like that,” Taylor said. “We’re here to worship with them.”
Attendees were asked to bring dog toys that will be donated to local animal shelters