The new Catholic Catechism

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The monks will launch their new drive by organising a 'march on the Vatican'

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Article from the 30 October 1992 edition of The Catholic Herald:

FRANCISCANS TO BRING ANIMALS TWO BY TWO

"Italian Franciscans are spearheading a worldwide campaign for a last-minute review of an article in the Church's new Universal Catechism which they claim renders animal vivisection legitimate.

The monks will launch their new drive by organising a 'march on the Vatican' - and they will have a menagerie of animals in tow.
They are said to be keeping the date secret although it will take place on a Sunday and will be designed as a 'surprise' for Pope John Paul II when he appears at his balcony for the Angelus. The Franciscans are protesting against article 2,417 of the new catechism, to be officially promulgated on December 9.

The article says that within reasonable limits, scientific experimentation on animals is a morally admissible practice because it helps alleviate human suffering and could save human life. Franciscans, who number about 13,000 worldwide, have already sent the Pope a letter outlining their grievances."

Unfortunately the good Franciscan Monks were unable to influence the Pope. The new Catholic Catechism was later published in 1994."