“All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.” –Anglican hymn
How do you make a little girl stop believing in Heaven? A pastor killing her cat would be a good start.
A Central Texas pastor stands accused of throwing a family’s cat off a bridge. Sarah and Eddy Bell’s cat, Moody, was discovered on the bank of the Colorado river, some 40-50 feet below the bridge.
Rick Bartlett, pastor of the Bastrop Christian Church, admitted to police that he caught the cat in a backyard trap on Sunday, January 15, according to KVUE. He promptly forgot about it, then brought it to police the following Tuesday. When an animal control officer spotted an ID tag around Moody’s neck, Barlett said the owners happened to be his neighbors and took full responsibility for returning the family pet to its owners. Later that day, Moody’s body was discovered by a park visitor.
Whether Pastor Bartlett threw the cat off the bridge, or whether the cat simply jumped out of the back of his truck, is meaningless in the eyes of the law. But in the eyes of the lord, Bartlett is a sinner.
The pastor is now facing animal cruelty charges. Here’s KVUE’s report on what went down.
The Bells have had the unfortunate duty of of informing their five-year-old daughter about Moody’s death, according to KVUE: “She also asked me where Moody is now and I said, ‘Baby he’s in Heaven,’ said Sarah. ‘She knows the man who did this is a pastor at the Bastrop Christian Church and she said, ‘I don’t believe in Heaven anymore, Moody’s just dead.’” Ouch. That’s one way to lose the congregation.
Here’s the best/worst part of this story: While KVUE did some fine reporting here, the station included a copy error that made it seem as if the dead cat was speaking from beyond the grave:
Moody told police? Why, that would be a modern miracle worthy of believing in heaven again.