No, He Did Not

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My first (and hopefully last) post about religion

Dennis E. Florianby Dennis E. Florian
Gun Owners’ Resource

By now, you’ve no doubt heard the whole turd typhoon that has erupted over what His Holiness Pope Francis said (or rather, what it’s being made to look like he said) while speaking to a rally of thousands of Catholic youth in Turin, Italy.  According to plenty of MSM – and other, more fringe – sources, the Pope supposedly said that you can’t own a gun and be Christian.  Cue the Catholic-bashers and defenders of the faith to both come out of the woodwork.

The problem is that – as is all too common when the secular, gun-grabbing MSM writes about Christianity or RKBA – he didn’t say what they’re saying he said.  Colour me surprised.

Full disclosure: Yes, I’m Catholic – the kind that still won’t eat meat on Friday – and no, I couldn’t give a tinker’s dam what anybody else thinks about it.

I first noticed this yesterday when someone posted a link (now deleted) to this steaming heap on the NFA’s Facebook page.  “Pope Francis Says You’re NOT Christian if You Own a Gun,” cackles the headline.  In hindsight, I really wish I’d stopped what I was doing and slapped this down when I first tripped over it. I didn’t have the time, but I should have made the time.

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So, kindly allow me to take a moment now to say, chill the hell out.

No, the Pope did NOT say that you can’t be a Christian if you own a gun.  This is just yet another example of the misrepresentation that has become par for the course whenever the oh-so-progressive MSM covers Christianity, especially when talking about the Catholic of Evangelical varieties.  What he did say, as quoted everydamnwhere, is:

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?

and

duplicity is the currency of today … they say one thing and do another.

As for the first, nowhere in any of the articles that I dug up did he say you can’t own a gun and be Christian. And for the second, while they say it’s about “those who invest in weapons industries,” it could be about any number of things – including gun grabbers – and is carefully presented with no context whatsoever.  And yet we have all these lovely headlines:

And the list goes on.

“He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.”
– Luke 22:36

So, here we have the MSM writing something that pits two of the three things they hate most – religion and gun ownership – against each other, and we’re supposed to just eat it up like candy?  Sadly, too many did.

Now, I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve been around long enough to figure out a couple of things.  1) You can’t trust any quote about anything potentially controversial that’s presented out of context, especially if it’s got an ellipsis in the middle of it; and 2) while we all know that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is, we don’t all seem to have noticed that the same applies if it sounds too stupid to be true.

And this is utter nonsense.  It relies on the fact that, sadly, even many “Catholics” today are not well informed as to the true teachings of the church.  Actually, it reminds me of a very old joke…

 

The truth is that the Catholic church has long taught that those who fail to defend themselves against lethal violence are guilty of self-murder – and suicide is a mortal sin.  Likewise, if you witness someone being killed and do nothing when it is within your power to stop it, you are as guilty as the murderer.  These two guiding principles demand due diligence on the part of every Catholic to make sure that they have the best tools possible to prevent their own murder or that of another.  Christ Himself, at the last supper, instructed His followers that they should be armed as they went into the world – an example we should follow.

But don’t look to see that in the news any time soon.

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