Priest's dog in church during Mass


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I never tried to upload a photo but I'm going to try. My niece went to a baptism in Ohio at a Catholic Mass and the priest had his dog in church during Mass.

She said the priest was, well, very laid back.

Well, I don't know how to do it. But trust me, there's a dog in church during Mass.


#2

Yeah, a local parish (technically MY parish, by geographical bounds, but I’m registered in another parish) in my area has a similar situation: the priest took in a dog that wandered in one day and trained it/took care of it. The dog sits quietly in a corner of the Narthax during mass (no problem there), but the dog enters the nave during the exit procession and the priest “hands” him a missal to carry out (at about half way out of the church). The tourists, since this parish largely caters to the tourist population that plagues the area year round, get a kick out of it, and the dog is very well behaved… and I’m still not sure about how I feel about it either.

I mean, is an animal NECESSARILY a sign of disrespect? Not really… in fact, in Germany and many other places in Europe, it’s more socially acceptable to bring a dog with you than to bring children (many restaurants will allow dog owners to seat their dogs under their tables, but will not allow children). So the best I can say here is that in my opinion it’s not a good idea at all, but it’s not necessarily immediately apparent that it’s a sign of rampant disrespect for God, either… most likely I’d peg it at the level of causing scandal because of the questions it leaves open.


#3

IMHO - no matter how well behaved the dog is = inappropriate.


#4

Agree!


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[quote="Crumpy, post:1, topic:296635"]
I never tried to upload a photo but I'm going to try. My niece went to a baptism in Ohio at a Catholic Mass and the priest had his dog in church during Mass.

She said the priest was, well, very laid back.

Well, I don't know how to do it. But trust me, there's a dog in church during Mass.

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[quote="Crumpy, post:1, topic:296635"]
I never tried to upload a photo but I'm going to try. My niece went to a baptism in Ohio at a Catholic Mass and the priest had his dog in church during Mass.

She said the priest was, well, very laid back.

Well, I don't know how to do it. But trust me, there's a dog in church during Mass.

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Put the photo onto Snapfish or Photobucket and then click on the "Insert Image" button when you reply to this message, and link to the photo.

Can't wait to see the dog in church! LOL


#7

I’ve seen dogs better behaved in and out of church then some parishioners!


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[quote="SMHW, post:5, topic:296635"]
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[quote="SMHW, post:5, topic:296635"]
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[quote="SMHW, post:5, topic:296635"]
I don't normally do this in discussions but this time I can't help.... er.... I just want to.
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This is my prediction of what will happen on this thread
First this :slapfight:
Then this:stretcher:
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And here's me :popcorn:


#11

So long as the dog isn't disturbing the mass I don't see a real problem with it. They are God's creations as well.

I agree it might not be the most appropriate decision to bring the dog, but at the same time, I don't exactly think they're being disrespectful by doing so...


#12

Perhaps it’s a Catholic dog.:shrug:


#13

All animals are Catholic animals, since all creation belongs first and foremost to God… :wink:


#14

[quote="Crumpy, post:1, topic:296635"]
I never tried to upload a photo but I'm going to try. My niece went to a baptism in Ohio at a Catholic Mass and the priest had his dog in church during Mass.

She said the priest was, well, very laid back.

Well, I don't know how to do it. But trust me, there's a dog in church during Mass.

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Can I just ask what your purpose is in posting pictures of this event online? How does that help matters?

If you have concerns, I would encourage you to follow the protocol.


#15

[quote="Don_Jackson, post:7, topic:296635"]
I've seen dogs better behaved in and out of church then some parishioners!

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Can I get an Amen up in here!?!


#16

Well come to think of it I saw a seeing eye dog in our church once during Mass, very well behaved, this is O.K. I wonder what are the rules/norms in this situation? The Mass is a celebration of one of the seven Sacraments, the Holy Eucharist.


#17

Is the dogs just a pet for the priest? If so I could see how that may raise some concerns but perhaps the dog is a service dog, or being trained to be a service dog?

One of the families in my parish raised a service dog a while back. As the dog has to be capable of helping its owner in all situations the dog had to be conditoned to going to church as well. As there are many types of service and volunteer dogs it could prehaps be appropriate for the dog to be at church.

I obviously don't know the whole situation, but I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps the dog is a therapy dog that visits nursing homes or hosiptals and has to be trained to sit quietly while the priest says mass in these locations?

Or perhaps the dog gives a good example for all the people, after all if a dog can be respectful during mass, maybe it inspires rowdy parishoners to do the same! :D


#18

[quote="ricks1948, post:16, topic:296635"]
Well come to think of it I saw a seeing eye dog in our church once during Mass, very well behaved, this is O.K. I wonder what are the rules/norms in this situation? The Mass is a celebration of one of the seven Sacraments, the Holy Eucharist.

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In the US, service animals are granted the same access as humans, by law.

My grandfather was a Presbyterian minister, and used a Seeing Eye dog. She was right there next to him at the pulpit the entire time.

Man, I hated that dog, but that is another thread.....LOL


#19

At least they come to church in appropriate attire (furs)!


#20

[quote="Crumpy, post:1, topic:296635"]
I never tried to upload a photo but I'm going to try. My niece went to a baptism in Ohio at a Catholic Mass and the priest had his dog in church during Mass.

She said the priest was, well, very laid back.

Well, I don't know how to do it. But trust me, there's a dog in church during Mass.

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There would be a dog if a blind person were there, there could be an assistance dog that you wouldn't recognize as a medical necessity because it looks like any other dog. The priest's dog could be just such an animal.

We've had a mouse or two, or three, over the years. Dog seems less likely to scare the parishioners.


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