I am pretty depressed because my friend, who decided she would become a vegan with me after I showed her a Peta2 video, contacted her priest and he told her being a vegan is not natural and goes against her religion. I, of course, don’t see consuming animal products as natural but she is conflicted. He told her that man should not substitute soy for “God given” animals that were made for food. Is there any catholic vegans out there that can help me understand this a little more.
I’m an atheist, but I have read the bible, and I have nothing against religion. So I’m going to come at this from a neutral perspective.
“And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”
The bible mentions eating meat quite a lot. Which animals are acceptable to each, which ones aren’t. But it never says you -have- to eat meat. It says that you may.
So if God also put all plants on the earth for you to have as food, and you choose to eat those instead of meat, you’re not going against God. He gave you options, and you’re choosing one.
“Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do.”
“It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.”
Meat has been proven to make people ill, these days. I’d say that falls under “causing your brother to stumble”
I’m Catholic and vegan! That priest sounds like a pretty sad example of what our church is supposed to displaying: love and compassion for ALL living creatures, which was Jesus’ main message.
I’m certain that if Jesus had seen the way animals are treated on modern farms there is no way He would give his blessing for us to participate in that. You can share this site with her: http://jesusveg.com/
Thanks again for your compassion and for speaking up for animals! You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other questions. 🙂