In the latest in a series of public statements seemingly bending to progressive political principles, Pope Francis suggested to a crowd of supporters June 21 that firearms manufacturers couldn’t be proper Christians.
“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons,” the top pontiff told supporters in Turin, Italy, according to Reuters. “That leads to a bit of distrust, doesn’t it?”
The Pope also criticized people who invest in firearms companies, calling them hypocrites.
“Duplicity is the currency of today,” he said. “They say one thing and do another.”
The comments on guns come just days after the Pope penned an encyclical that said climate change was a man-made threat that disproportionately impacted the poor and urged more wealthy countries to clean up their act.
While the Pope reportedly finds gun companies un-Christian, that hasn’t stopped him from using a security detail armed with semi-automatic pistols and submachine guns to protect him. And many gun advocates wonder why the pontiff has ignored all the ways firearms help the weak defend themselves against the strong.
The “rambling” speech “condemned the people who create the tools that some men use to defend innocent life in passing,” wrote The Truth About Guns’ Robert Farago.