Re: "The Church on gun control" (1/20/11)
In the recent article about the Church's official stance on
gun control, (Catholic News Service) columnist Carol Glatz
comes to the conclusion that "Firearms in the hands of
civilians should be strictly limited and eventually
completely eliminated." She comes to this erroneous
conclusion, by her own admission, not from a "statement in a
headline or a document subheading" but by an "almost hidden
footnote in a document on crime by the U.S. bishops'
conference" and a mention "in passing in dozens of Vatican
texts on global arms trade."
There are some questions need to be answered by Glatz: Are
Vatican texts on "global arms trade" the same as a statement
about an individual's right to bear arms?
Also, what happens when the state is completely armed (via
military and police) and the ordinary citizenry has no way to
protect itself from an abusive government? After all, the
state could become so totalitarian in its power that it
decides that there is no God but the "state," and that the
citizens are required to pay homage to it. What happens when
churches are forced to disband because they are useless to
The right to bear arms is in conformance with the Catechism
of the Catholic Church: the right and duty of an individual
to protect themselves and others from an aggressor. Sometimes
just the outward wielding of a gun will stop an attack by
scaring the attacker away ... so no physical damage is done
to either party. This too is conformance with the catechism.
Lastly, it's interesting that the photo of the mural: "No
Guns ... Children Playing" that was displayed in the Catholic
Herald with Glatz's article, was shot in Chicago - a city
known for its "thug mentality" government.