Anglican Church Gone To The Dogs?

paws and prayOk, just when I thought I’ve heard everything (UPI) blows my boat out of the water with this press release:

 BEACONSFIELD, Quebec, Sept. 29 (UPI) — An Anglican church near Montreal has become dog-friendly, offering a Paws and Pray service once a month. The communion service at Christ Church Beaurepaire in Beaconsfield will include treats for the dogs and bowls of water along with bread and wine for their humans, the Montreal Gazette reports. The Rev. Michael Johnson, vicar of the church 25 miles east of Montreal, plans to try Paws and Pray for four months to determine if there is enough interest to justify keeping it going. Many Anglican churches bless animals once a year, usually on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. A regular service is a little more unusual. “I hope the dogs will feel honored and welcomed,” Johnson said. The service was suggested by Johanne Tasse, a member of Christ Church and president of Companion Animals Adoption Centers of Quebec, the Gazette reported. “Animals deserve our care and respect,” she said. “If we can bring dogs to church, how can we turn around and abuse them?”

 http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2009/09/29/Quebec-church-invites-dogs-to-attend/UPI-83991254265008/

 Beautiful…I mean what’s next. Perhaps Johnson has been nipping a little on the side? This raises so many questions I can hardly believe my eyes. Can a dog feel honoured? Treats and water along with the sacriments…isn’t that leaning toward if not out right sacriledge?

Perhaps Johanne Tasse has been nipping as well when she says and I quote, “If we can bring dogs to church, how can we turn around and abuse them?” I guess she hasn’t been reading the papers lately about all the child abuse cases leveled against the clergy of late. Maybe it’s different with dogs.

 I have one more question, what if fido dumps a steamer on the carpet of the sancurary…who is going to pick it up? 

No wonder the Anglican church continues to lose membership…who can take them seriously?

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