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What Happened to the "Cat" in Catholic?
(June 7, 2005) Newly elected Pope Benedict XVI's well-known love of stray cats apparently is not shared by the Dominican Nuns of the Corpus Christi Monastery in the Bronx, New York. The Mother Superior has ordered the removal of seven feral cats who are almost all neutered, rabies vaccinated and have lived on the monastery's five acres for the past 8 years. In a decision backed by the Archdiocese of NY, the plan is to first try to force the cats to leave by withholding all food and starving them. Then if they don't go on their own, the resident Sisters will trap them and hand them over to the city. Shelter workers would be forced to euthanize the cats because they are feral and unadoptable and have nowhere else to be placed.

The Vicar of the Religious Office for the Archdiocese, Sister Helen C., stated, "my compassion does not extend to these animals" and "they will be removed eventually, one way or another."
"The plan is not only cruel for depriving these cats of their long-time home and causing their suffering and likely deaths, it is ineffective feral cat population control," said Bryan Kortis, Executive Director of Neighborhood Cats, a leading feral cat organization and a member of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. "Maintaining neutered feral colonies, using a method known as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), is the only proven way to reduce feral numbers in the long term. Otherwise, new unneutered cats will simply replace the ones removed and the cycle of suffering and killing will go on indefinitely."
Over the past eight years, at their own expense, volunteers have removed nine cats from the grounds of the monastery and placed them in homes. The cats too wild to be adopted were neutered and returned, stopping their reproduction, and were then fed by the nuns. Now, however, the nuns and the Archdiocese refuse to even meet with animal advocates to discuss the situation.
To protest this heartless and ill-guided assault on the cats, please contact the Corpus Christi Monastery and the Archdiocese of NY by phone, email or fax (see below.) Let them know we expect more from our religious leaders than pointless cruelty towards innocent animals:

Corpus Christi Monastery
phone: 718-328-6996
fax: 718-328-1974
email: (Email Removed)
Archdiocese of NY
phone: 212-371-1000 (ask for Public Relations or the Vicar of the Religious Office)
fax: 212-826-6020
email: (Email Removed)
Act now! The cats have not been fed for five days and counting!!

From www.nunsopbronx.homestead.com:
"The DOMINICAN NUNS of Corpus Christi Monastery, Bronx, New York, are a monastic community dedicated to a life of prayer and penance for the preaching mission of the Dominican Order and for the salvation of souls."

For more on Trap-Neuter-Return: www.neighborhoodcats.org

The Archdiocese appears to be turning away emails coming in about the cats. Please go to this page for more ways to reach them:

http://www.ny-archdiocese.org/more info.html
Also, for info on how to contact the Vatican:
http://www.insidethevatican.com/contact-us.htm
Thank you!
Bryan Kortis
Neighborhood Cats
Novena Prayer to St. Francis of Assisi
St. Francis of Assisi, help us. By your example may we learn that life does not consist in the pursuit of wealth nor in the abundance of our possessions.
St. Francis of Assisi, come to our aid. Because we live at a time when men glorify ease and seek after luxuries, and when many wish only the gratification of fleshly desires, we stand in special need of your single-minded dedication to Christ in the narrow way that leads to life.

St. Francis of Assisi, assist us now. May we appreciate as you did the beauties of God's wonderful creation and the glory of the world He made for us. Help us to enjoy and appreciate God's bounty without spoiling or defacing His gifts by our heedlessness and greed.
Teach us, seraphic Father Francis, to value all things as Christ did and to be imitators of Him as you were. May we thus enjoy the good things of life, but always prefer the blessings of the endless life to come. Amen.

V. God forbid that I should glory...
R. Save in the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
St. Francis, the Little Poor Man of Assisi, we invoke you as the admirable mirror you were of our Divine Master. You imitated Christ in your humility and obedience. You faithfully followed Him in poverty and weakness. With joy you accepted suffering, contempt, and trials, for the sake of His name. In your goodness help us, then, to imitate your example. By your power with God, obtain for us the special favor we now seek throughout your intercession. (Here name your petitions).
Please pray for us, gentle and happy saint of the poor, that we may always be loyal followers of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and filled always with Divine riches. Amen.
(To make the Novena, recite this prayer for 9 consecutive days)
Prayer for Our Animal Friends
Heavenly Father, our human ties with our friends of other species is a wonderful and special gift from You. We now ask You to grant our special animal companions your Fatherly care and healing power to take away any suffering they have. Give us, their human friends, new understanding of our responsibilities to these creatures of Yours. They have trust in us as we have in You; our souls and theirs are on this earth together to give one another friendship, affection, and caring. Take our petition for these, Your ill or suffering animals. Take our heartfelt prayers and fill them with healing Light and strength to overcome whatever weakness of body they have.
(Here mention the names of the animals needing prayer).

Your goodness is turned upon every living thing; Your grace flows to all Your creatures. From our souls to theirs goodness flows out and touches each of us with the reflection of Your love. To our special animal companions grant long and healthy lives. Give them good relationships with us, and if You see fit to take them from us, help us to understand that they are not gone from us, but only drawing closer to You. Grant our prayer through the intercession of good St. Francis of Assisi, who honored You through all Your creatures. Give him the power to watch over our animal friends until they are safely with You in eternity, where we someday hope to join them in giving You honor forever. Amen.
Prayer for Our Pets
Good St. Francis, you loved all of God's creatures.

To you they were your brothers and sisters.
Help us to follow your example
of treating every living thing with kindness.
St. Francis, Patron Saint of animals,
watch over my pet
and keep my companion safe and healthy.
Amen.
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Doing a quick search, I was not able to verify this story. Having seen so many stories spread on the internet, I have become suspicious of all such stories. I suggest that before anyone gets upset that they try to verify the story through established sources. BTW there does not seem to be a neighborhoodcats.org.

Joseph Meehan
Dia duit
Doing a quick search, I was not able to verify this story. Having seen so many stories spread on the ... upset that they try to verify the story through established sources. BTW there does not seem to be a neighborhoodcats.org.

There is indeed a neighborhoodcats.org... you can find it here: http://www.neighborhoodcats.org
However, I don't see any reference to the cruel Nun's story in the "Late Breaking News" section of the site. I think you're wise to double-check anything posted on the Net this way. Unfortunately, the "story" is often more fiction than fact, and I guess the only way to verify this one is to mail 'Neighborhood Cats', which I just did.
Smoke
Doing a quick search, I was not able to verify ... sources. BTW there does not seem to be a neighborhoodcats.org.

There is indeed a neighborhoodcats.org... you can find it here: http://www.neighborhoodcats.org

It may have been down when I checked. I did find that the organization did exist and that the indicted spokesmen was associated with them, but I was not able to verify any connection with the Bronx story or anything indicating the reliability of the organization.
However, I don't see any reference to the cruel Nun's story in the "Late Breaking News" section of the site. ... and I guess the only way to verify this one is to mail 'Neighborhood Cats', which I just did. Smoke

Joseph Meehan
Dia duit
There is indeed a neighborhoodcats.org... you can find it here: http://www.neighborhoodcats.org

It may have been down when I checked. I did find that the organization did exist and that the indicted ... I was not able to verify any connection with the Bronx story or anything indicating the reliability of the organization.

However, I don't see any reference to the cruel Nun's ... is to mail 'Neighborhood Cats', which I just did. Smoke

Hi Joseph...
Just thought I'd follow up with the reply I got this morning from Neighborhood Cats. Thank goodness there are kinder and more compassionate people in the world than "The Vicar of the Religious Office for the Archdiocese, Sister Helen C." who has revealed herself as just another religious bureaucrat as opposed to a proponent of the tenents of her faith.
Wednesday, June 8th 2005
The story is accurate. This morning the nuns and Archdiocese agreed to allow volunteers to trap and remove the cats to Pets Alive (www.petsalive.com), a nearby sanctuary that thankfully intervened.

Bryan Kortis
Neighborhood Cats

Smoke
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Those unholy nuns shall burn in hell forever !
Doing a quick search, I was not able to verify this story. Having seen so many stories spread on the ... try to verify the story through established sources. BTW there does not seem to be a neighborhoodcats.org. Joseph MeehanDia duit

I'm suspicious. May I suggest that you try again www.neighborhoodcats.org There most certainly is such an organization and there most certainly is a story.
Doing a quick search, I was not able to verify ... there does not seem to be a neighborhoodcats.org. Joseph Meehan

Dia duit I'm suspicious. May I suggest that you try again www.neighborhoodcats.org There most certainly is such an organization and there most certainly is a story.

Well, I had a look and all the cats were lovely. Here in UK it is difficult to find kittens since everybody has their cats neutered. We have been looking for a while to get two cats.
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Well, I had a look and all the cats were lovely. Here in UK it is difficult
to find kittens since everybody has their cats neutered. We have been looking for a while to get two cats
The Cats Protection League have a selection of cats and kittens needing homes try http://www.cats.org.uk/flash/index.php?sect id=55 For a list of their centres
If you're in London Celia Hammond Animal Trust always has cats and kittens and Battersea Dogs Home also has cats and kittens (Which surprised me when I first heard it)
Also you could ask a local vet. A friend of mine wanted 2 cats and I suggested our vet's and lo and behold a month later she had a beautiful brother and sister (Fred and Wilma)
Lesley
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