To: His Holiness, Pope Benedict
From: Mitch Berg, Protestant
Re: None Of Your Business
With all respect due to your eminence in your church on spiritual issues, and to your predecessor’s stances in defense of freedom, I must confess that when I see you and your various ecclesiastical bureaucrats saying things like this…:
In an editorial aired yesterday on Vatican Radio, Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the press office of the Holy See, called “initiatives announced by the United States government in view of limiting and controlling the diffusion and use of arms … a step in the right direction.
“Forty-seven religious leaders of various confessions and religions have issued a call to American politicians to limit firearms, which ‘are making society pay an unacceptable price in terms of massacres and senseless deaths,’” Lombardi stated in his address. “I’m with them.”
…and especially twaddle like this (I’ll add emphasis)…:
While acknowledging “that arms, throughout the world, are also instruments for legitimate defense,” and even admitting “No one can be under the illusion that limiting their number and use would be enough to impede horrendous massacres in the future,” Lombardi nonetheless asserted “it is necessary to repeat tirelessly our calls for disarmament, to oppose the production, trade, and smuggling of arms of all types.
“If results are achieved, such as international conventions … all the better!” he proclaimed.
…it fills me with protestant pride.
Your line, it seems, is “sorry about all the dead innocents who won’t be able to defend themselves, but let’s hear it for those great guardians of the sanctity of human life, the U F****ng N”.
Sorry, Fr. Lombardi. We fought a war in this country at least in part to be free of the rule of monarchs, whether secular or ecclesiastical. And when I read your church’s official word on self-defense (again, emphasis added)…:
“According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, individuals have a right and a duty to protect their own lives when in danger, and someone who ‘defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow,’” CNS concedes, but offers a significant caveat. “According to the catechism, the right to use firearms to ‘repel aggressors’ or render them harmless is specifically sanctioned for ‘those who legitimately hold authority’ and have been given the duty of protecting the community.”
…it puts me in mind of the fact that functional representative democracy came much, much later to the Catholic than the Protestant world for a good reason.
In other words, Fr. Lombardi, your assistance is not needed here. Thanks.