Dog at Mass
Question from on 05-19-2007:
Our Pastor will often bring his dog to Mass. Although I personally find it amusing and even calming, I was wondering if this is permitted, given that the dog wanders freely up to and including the altar area? I once served at a mission where the Sisters did the same thing in their chapel.
Answer by Rev. Mark J. Gantley, JCL on 05-19-2007:
Common sense often dictates what the law does not. I can't imagine that it is appropriate to have pets wandering around the church, especially during the liturgy. Beside, it does not seem sensitive to those who might have pet allergies.