Papal Palace Video Exposes Ivory Use

On a day when the world is learning that yet again a massive slaughter of elephants has taken place, this time of 89 elephants in Chad, many of which aborted upon being shot, I am struck by this video from ABC news which takes us inside the Vatican Pope Francis now calls home.  At minute 1.15 we see what appears to be an ivory crucifix on the desk of Pope Benedict and at 1:53 we see two large elephant tusks on the back wall of a conference room.  What is the message to those who share this space?  Spiritual leaders have begun to recognize the cost in human lives and morals of the ivory trade.  Three weeks ago I did an interview on the ivory trade with Vatican Radio.  That show has yet to air.  It is insignificant, however, next to the possibility of a leader who need ask no deeper question than this:  What would St. Francis do?

“I have never heard or even read a word that would encourage the use of ivory for devotional objects,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Lombardi wrote National Geographic after letters from readers of Ivory Worship poured in to it.  When it comes to religion it is the seen as well as the read, the believed as well as the heard, that makes all the difference for life.

Father Lombardi also said this:  “I believe that the most important and most urgent action is that of raising the awareness of the Christian communities in the countries affected by the most serious phenomena so that they might act together with those in charge and with the other members of the civil communities in which they live in order to deal decisively with these very serious problems. This must be done, if possible, in collaboration between the followers of different Christian confessions or other religions. In fact, it is a serious problem that Christians can and should unite against….”

8 thoughts on “Papal Palace Video Exposes Ivory Use

  1. PLEASE SIGN THESE PETITIONS HERE:
    Pope Francis: Say NO to Using Ivory in Religious Art
    http://www.change.org/petitions/say-no-to-using-ivory-in-religious-art (by Elephantopia)

    To the World’s Spiritual Leaders: Direct their faithful not to purchase or sell any object of cult in Ivory (by Kuki Gallman)
    http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/to-the-world-s-spiritual-leaders-direct-their-faithful-not-to-purchase-or-sell-any-object-of-cult-in-ivory

  2. The new pope Francis I, sounds like a man that is concerned for the poor and down trodden. I hope he will equally have compassion for animals and do away with Ivory in his living environment.

    Sincerely,
    Deirdre Wilson Garcia
    Redondo Beach, CA
    USA

  3. This hypocrisy is exactly why I left the church. In my heart I am a Catholic but the corruption in the leadership is intolerable.

  4. The pope is a grown man that chooses to own & display ivory finery as personal home decor & is fully aware of the mass slaughter of elephants for their ivory. No man shall worship idols of ivory in the name of God…..The Pope be damned to hell!!

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