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Question from CW on 12/12/2015:

Is it possible that Neanderthals had souls the same way we Homo sapiens do? Paleontological evidence that Neanderthals intentionally buried their dead would seem to me to suggest that they had some concept of an afterlife, and that it is not therefore inconceivable that they could also have conceptualised God. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI described the moment that Man was first capable of forming the thought of "God" as the moment of Anthropogenisis. Knowing their ritualistic behaviour, is it therefore theoretically possible that Neanderthals crossed what Benedict called the "Rubicon of Anthropogenisis"? And if so, would we as Catholics have a duty to (at least implicitly) include them in our prayers for the departed souls in Purgatory?

Answer by Richard Geraghty on 12/12/2015:

Dear CW,

If they are human beings, they have souls. Having souls, they may be in heaven, purgatory or hell. You are right.

Dr. Geraghty

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