Here is what he said today during his expose of the Spiritual Gifts, quoted from Zenit: noting traffickers of persons and manufacturers of arms, as those who will have difficulty going to the Lord since “all the fruit of his corruption has corrupted his heart.” The Pontiff said manufacturers of arms "manufacture death." "They are merchants of death and make death merchandise.
It makes no sense. Human trafficking and arms manufacturing can in no way be called moral equivalents. The former is always intrinsically evil as it is the deliberate enslavement of other human beings. Not so the manufacturing of arms, unless a particular manufacturer has in mind a concrete nefarious purpose for the arms that he/she is manufacturing. Arms are morally neutral in and of themselves. Depending on the purpose and disposition of their users, arms can bring about great evil - or great good.
This past Monday a father defended his daughter from two thugs by firing his weapon. He killed one thug, wounded another and saved his daughter's life. Will the maker of that father's gun "have difficulty going to the Lord"? I cannot answer for the state of that individual's soul, but I'd wager that this gun would make no contribution to any difficulty whatsoever.
Now watch this report of an armed man who came to the aid of a beating victim by drawing his weapon. Rather than being called a user of "death merchandise" he is being hailed as a Good Samaritan. Again, the availability and use of arms helped save innocent life.
It would be so helpful if the Pope stopped mishmashing progressive talking points with attempts at catechesis.
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