Help! In jest, I e-mailed a Protestant the e-letter from Karl Keating regarding vegans, just for fun. One thing he’s now asking is:
"Catholic believe animals and plants have disposable souls? What is up with that?
Karl Keating wrote: From Catholic theology we know that man, animals, and plants all have souls. Man’s soul is a spirit and therefore is immortal. The souls of animals and plants, as St. Thomas Aquinas noted, are material principles. They die when the animals and plants die.
How on earth do I answer that? I didn’t know myself that plants had souls, only human beings, much less disposable.