Church's Pet Cemetery Sparks Holy Row
Plan to house cremation urns upsets the devout
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2013 3:53 PM CDT
A wooden coffin for a dead animal.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A plan to house pet cremations under a San Francisco church has sparked a theological debate about souls, sacred spaces, and the meaning of St. Francis, the Los Angeles Times reports. The notion didn't seem odd to church friars—after all, the church is named after St. Francis, patron saint of animals, and hundreds of pet owners come twice a year to have their animals blessed. But cremation urns in a stair nook? That crossed the line for some.

"No scholar I know, nor myself, a street scholar on Saint Francis, see any causal connection between Saint Francis and dead animals," wrote a former city supervisor. Others note that under Church doctrine, animals cannot be saved because they are incapable of sin and don't go to heaven or hell. But church rector Father Harold Snider is standing firm: "You could hand gold bars out in the middle of the street and someone would complain that you were blocking traffic," he says. "You've just got to roll with it."

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Aug 11, 2013 10:15 PM CDT
Pet cemeteries are no sillier than human cemeteries and believeing in souls and heaven and hell and all that spooky nonsense. So the cemetery can make a buck on dead pets too. No more of a rip-off than people being charged thousands of dollars for a human burial crate and plot of land in a human landfill.
Aug 11, 2013 6:16 PM CDT
Job stimulus at it's finest. Wanted: Pet excorcists
Aug 11, 2013 4:57 PM CDT
looks like another religion going to the dogs.