On Sunday, the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, dismissed his prepared remarks and instead did a Barack Obama “off the cuff” speech and one set of comments that is generating a lot of buzz is that the Pope basically said that people involved in the arms trade and making of weapons, can’t really call themselves Christians.
Here is part of his statement, according to Yahoo News/Reuters:
“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit of distrust, doesn’t it?” he said. The comment was met by a round of applause. He continued by slamming investors in the global arms industry, stating, “duplicity is the currency of today … they say one thing and do another.”
He also criticized those who invest in weapons industries, saying “duplicity is the currency of today … they say one thing and do another.”
Some are calling the Pope’s comments hypocritical as both he and Vatican city are protected around the clock by an armed security force that carries semi-automatic and automatic weapons.
This is the Pope’s toughest condemnation of the weapons industry, but it’s not the first time he has denounced those involved in the business. Last year, he criticized arms dealers saying that they “fabricate death” and referred to them as “merchants of death” who “make death into a trade,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
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