Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Going to the dogs

Ed Peters sent out this piece to folks like me, "uberbloggers" as he calls us. Seems a priest in New Jersey can't get along without his dogs and even brings them to Mass and lets them sit unleashed in the sanctuary.

When this came in, I was on the phone with my good friend, Jeff Gardner, my partner at Catholic Radio International (check it out). So I told him about it and got to the part where Ed says, "Although the apparently untethered canines 'have been known to growl' at late-comers," when Jeff says, "Right -- now all we have to do is teach them to sniff out those who aren't in a state of grace!"

And then when I told him that, "Fr. Scurti assures us that his dogs 'don't remove the sacredness of the liturgy at all,'" Jeff says, "This gives new meaning to 'I shall be healed.'"

Sorry, I couldn't resist.


Barb, sfo said...

I actually know this priest. I used to attend Mass at the Catholic Campus Ministry Center when I was a musician there, before I met & married Steve. At that time Mass was still held in the living room of the Center, and there weren't any pets present.
Can't say I'm surprised, though, since the CCMC did host a lesbian couple in 1989, who spoke about their vocation to be together and how the Church should support that. So I'm not guessing that total orthodoxy is a goal here...

Freudian Slip said...

I wonder what his views are on dogs in Heaven?