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Vatican spokesman endorses Obama gun-control plans

January 21, 2013

The director of the Vatican press office has strongly endorsed the Obama administration’s plans for gun control.

“The initiatives announced by the United States government in view of limiting and controlling the diffusion and use of arms are certainly a step in the right direction,” said Father Federico Lombardi in his weekly editorial commentary for Vatican Radio. Noting that 47 American religious leaders had issued a call for stricter control on firearms, Father Lombardi said flatly: “I’m with them.”

The Vatican spokesman conceded that firearms are “instruments for legitimate defense.” But he observed that they are also “used to bring threats, violence, and death.” He said that Church leaders will “repeat tirelessly our calls for disarmament.”

“Peace is born from the heart, but it will be easier to achieve if we have fewer weapons in hand,” Father Lombardi stated.

(See Phil Lawler’s comment on this news story.)


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  • Posted by: meor2day8658 - Jan. 22, 2013 10:15 PM ET USA

    Read Hillaire Belloc's "The Great Heresies." In it it states that the church in Europe was nearly conquered due to the literal belief of "turning the other cheek." Whole towns, villages, monasteries were destroyed,the men saughtered, women forced into prostituion & children into slavery. The nobles, princes & Kings rose up against the Muhammadens & defeated them. The church learned a valuable lesson; the populace has aright to defend itself. How quickly some of our church leaders forget history

  • Posted by: pannw - Jan. 22, 2013 10:10 AM ET USA

    Then said he unto them: But now he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise a scrip; and he that hath not, let him sell his coat, and buy a sword. A gun is no more evil than a sword, or a baseball bat. What one does with it is the key. Since merely owning a weapon is not intrinsically evil, I view this as a prudential judgment issue. Fortunately, Fr. Lombardi said "I'm" and not "the Church" is with them. Of course, the press and leftist Catholics will spin it. Randal, I agree 100%.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 22, 2013 1:15 AM ET USA

    The purpose of the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is not primarily for hunting, sports shooting, gun collecting, nor even for self-defense of individuals or families. It is to prevent a tyrannical government from usurping the power of the people to exercise their God-given rights in a society of the people, for the people, and by the people. Every citizen is to be armed with the same state-of-the art as the police and military, just as they were during the American Revolution.