[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When it comes to spiritual matters, Christians of various denominations should be interested to hear what the Pope has to say. Though I am not Catholic, this author is decidedly pro-Christian, pro-tradition, pro-heritage and thus, pro-Catholic.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]However, since the having assumed the Papacy, Pope Francis has riled feathers amongst conservative Catholics and non-Catholics who have taken issue with his aggressive forays into politics.
Lately, the vicar of Christ has taken to espousing an urging to address “climate change,” the catch-all concept advanced by liberals to explain any conceivable variance in weather as a function of mankind’s greed.
The very liberals who, for centuries, have chided the Catholic Church for being too out-of-touch on scientific issues now hail Pope Francis for his scientific acumen.
Like Republicans who don’t act like Republicans, liberals love Catholics who don’t act like Catholics.
Now, the head of the world’s largest church is weighing in on another, even more controversial issue: guns.
Pope Francis boldly declared that any who manufacture guns or invest in weapons industries cannot call themselves Christians.
“If you trust only men you have lost,” he told the young people in a long, rambling talk about war, trust and politics after putting aside his prepared address.
“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn’t it?” he said to applause.
He also criticized those who invest in weapons industries, saying “duplicity is the currency of today … they say one thing and do another.”
Francis also built on comments he has made in the past about events during the first and second world wars.
He spoke of the “tragedy of the Shoah,” using the Hebrew term for the Holocaust.
“The great powers had the pictures of the railway lines that brought the trains to the concentration camps like Auschwitz to kill Jews, Christians, homosexuals, everybody. Why didn’t they bomb (the railway lines)?”
It’s not out-of-line that the Pope serves as an outspoken pacifist. It’s practically in the job description. However, Pope Francis is hardly in a position to speak on the vileness of firearms; the man is protected dutifully by men with guns.
Like so many liberals, Pope Francis speaks against firearms while doing so in the protective bubble afforded to him by the very existence of these weapons. Michael Bloomberg, President Obama and countless celebrities do similarly.
Pope Francis’ narrow perception of the use of firearms is ignorant at best and deliberately stupid at worst. How many families have been fed throughout the ages because of firearms? How many lives have been saved by firearms? How have firearms in the proper hands helped to mold and shape society? How many have helped establish and keep order?[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]Further, if Pope Francis wishes to discuss the Holocaust, perhaps he would do well to note two historical facts:
1) The populations murdered by the Nazi regime were often unarmed populations at the mercy of well-armed thugs.
2) What ultimately squashed this evil regime and helped stop the slaughter were dedicated men with guns. Though His Holiness may dismiss those who have produced firearms, it was the Garands, the Thompsons, the Brownings, the Lees (of Enfield fame) who helped stop the killing.
The Vatican possesses a world-famous library full of the world’s history. Perhaps, with all due respect, His Holiness should take some time to refresh himself on the history of the world before speaking so boldly of things he quite clearly does not understand.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]