TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday.
Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry at a rally of thousands of young people at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin.
“If you trust only men you have lost,” he told the young people in a long, rambling talk about war, trust and politics after putting aside his prepared address.
“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?” he said to applause.
At the risk of drawing God’s ire, it seems to me the Pope is has just gone off the reservation in the name of populists sentiment. In fact, while calling others hypocrites, it seems he needs to look to his own Church. Specifically, if he’s going to walk the walk, he needs to disband the Swiss Guard and ask that Italy stop providing security of any kind to the Vatican. By his stated logic, the Catholic Church is apparently a bunch of hypocrites for having made a substantial investment in small arms to defend the papacy.