PETA peddles blasphemy in Super Bowl ad.

Ironically titled "Redemption," the ad shows a Catholic priest refusing absolution to a meat marketer.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has apparently managed to scrape up $5 million to pay for an ad during Sunday's Super Bowl. The commercial stars James Cromwell, best known for his role as a farmer in the movie "Babe" (a movie that has probably done more damage to the pork industry than trichinosis), plays a priest that refuses absolution to the marketing executive who invented the term "free range" for the meat industry.

The ad is titled "Redemption."

I'll leave it to one of my Catholic readers to discuss what the church would say about a real life priest that treated a confessed sinner in such a manner. But I can speak as a Christian to point out that their theology here is way off the mark. In Genesis 9:3 God specifically instructs Noah after the flood that "Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything." (English Standard Version.) So, if God says it's OK for us to eat meat, who is PETA to call it "sinful?"

Surely, this non-profit group could have found a better way to spend $5 million. Think of how many shelter animals could be saved with that much money. I can personally recommend a couple of rescue groups that would be extremely grateful for a $50 donation.

What's even more disturbing is that the NFL refused to let a veterans group run a commercial encouraging players to stand for the national anthem because it made a "political statement."

And this doesn't?

We'll see if the ad actually runs this Sunday. I hope it doesn't.

If you want to deny yourself the magnificent pleasure of a bacon double cheeseburger, then that's your business. Personally, it is my belief that if God didn't want us to eat animals, He wouldn't have made them out of meat.

Why don't we just put a D in front of NFL and be done with it. I've stopped watching football ages ago when they started changing their logo's to be politically correct. Real men wouldn't stand for it.

There is not one iota of PETA's agenda that is either philosophically or Biblically consistent, so no surprise there. At the same time, if we truly are concerned about Biblical fidelity on the issue of confession and forgiveness, then we'd be much wiser to turn to scripture than Super Bowl commercials.

"For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all..." (1 Tim 2:5)

"Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much." (James 5:16)

The case could be made that both groups in that commercial have missed the boat when it comes to confession.

I agree with getting the information out there about what PETA is doing. I strongly disagree with posting the U Tube video that shows it. Do you not realize that every time someone watches that video PETA is getting paid? You are there by endorsing PETA and allowing other people to endorse PETA by posting it. I would strongly encourage you to remove the video from your site and let your article stand for itself.

you make a VERY good point TheDancer16! I wish I hadn't watched it for severals reasons but yours being the most important. I don't want to give them a single $ for this travesty. The Catholic Church should complain VEHEMENTLY about this!

Thank you! I agree the Catholic Church should complain about it.

When some priests said that they could not allow people who support abortion to receive the Sacraments, the Left's insane howling was deafening. Keep in mind, there is actually a commandment forbidding killing, The taking of a human life has always been a sin. It's part of official Church teachings, which are the basis of the religion. When some in the Church pointed out that by its own internal laws one cannot take Communion while in a state of grievous sin, and that either having an abortion or enabling an abortion (even by working through legislators to enable abortions) puts a person in that state and therefore ineligible to receive Communion, this was met with shrieks of outrage. How DARE a church want to live by its own dogma? But they are pretty comfortable with lying about what the Church considers a sin. That's fine---that's PETA and that's the Left and we no longer expect decency, much less truth, from them. This comes back on the NFL and its blatant use of football to endorse and promote certain political philosophies while discriminating against others. The radical Left is rapidly contracting into an ever-shrinking bubble insulated from reality, and I am for anything that contributes to that. What I hope is that this kind of insanity from the NFL drives even more people away from it. And if any fast food franchises have paid for Super Bowl ads, I hope they withdraw them in protest.

Confess, repent and receive absolution. It's not complicated. Especially when inventing the term "Free Range" isn't even a sin.

Perhaps the Catholic Church should take on PETA for a gross representation of the role of confession and forgiveness. The poultry industry could get in on this action by asking that proof be shown of the allegations. PETA has gone unchallenged far too long so now could be the time!

I am a Catholic deacon. This is not how confession works. No priest would ever refuse absolution because of political leanings. If he did, he would be in danger of putting his own soul in a state of mortal sins. Also, in Acts 10 we hear: "And he became hungry and desired something to eat; but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance 11 and saw the heaven opened, and something descending, like a great sheet, let down by four corners upon the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. 13 And there came a voice to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” 14 But Peter said, “No, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” 15 And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has cleansed, you must not call common.” 16 This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven. " We are absolutely allowed to eat bacon!

Even as a progressive, liberal Democrat, I know that PETA is a half-step away from being Vegan Druids, so I'd take any characterization of Roman Catholic traditions with an ocean of salt.

I'd suggest we call it the Cueless Fooitball League, but CFL belongs to our neighbors to the north.

PETA is demonic. On the other hand, I'm glad that my sins are forgiven by the Great High Priest Jesus Christ and that I can go directly to the throne of grace to confess, repent and receive absolution.

They're not demonic, just blindly focused on the issue they care about to the exclusion of all other considerations. It's a sadly common state of affairs in politics/culture/religion these days.