Pope Francis seems like a pretty nice guy, and it is one of the Pope’s jobs to help inspire peace and love. However, we live in the real world and people need to be able to protect themselves. Nations need to protect themselves. Calling for a ban on all weapons is wishful thinking.
Pope Francis: Ban All Weapons
Today on Twitter, the head of the Roman Catholic Church called for a ban on all weapons. Pope Francis asserted that the mere presence of weapons makes us constantly live in fear of war.
Do we really want peace? Then let’s ban all weapons so we don’t have to live in fear of war.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 29, 2018
Other Popes have acknowledged that weapons do indeed create a certain environment of fear. Church leaders have called for bans on certain types on weapons, such as nuclear weapons, but none have called for an outright ban on all weapons. The naiveté of this comment is pretty remarkable for several reasons.
Surely, in an ideal world weapons would not be needed as humans would live in peace. But, the Pope’s comment, taken alone, neglects to recognize the spiritual warfare that rages in mankind’s hearts in the battle against the devil. It is ultimately mankind’s failure in this struggle that creates the bloodshed and destruction found in the world today.
Doesn’t the Vatican have lots of weapons? Perhaps they could lead by example.