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Sacerdotus, I have been a practicing Catholic all of my life. I have read the churches stance on gun control is that firearms should be eliminated from our society with exemption of military and police. I would like to know if this is in fact true and if so, why would the church even take a public stance on this issue which is so controversial in the united states at the present time.
Assuming that you are in the USA, the Catholic bishops mention that there needs to be more regulation in regards to gun control. They also state that guns should be eliminated with the exception of law officials/military, as you have stated. (http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/criminal-justice-restorative-justice/crime-and-criminal-justice.cfm) The bishops here are speaking on peace. The reasoning is this: less guns would be more peace. The Catholic Church as a whole does not have an official teaching on the matter. Recently news reports claimed that the Vatican called for gun control and this was shown to be false. The catechism has this to say:"2265 Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm. For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility.2316 The production and the sale of arms affect the common good of nations and of the international community. Hence public authorities have the right and duty to regulate them. The short-term pursuit of private or collective interests cannot legitimate undertakings that promote violence and conflict among nations and compromise the international juridical order."Well all have the right to self preservation. The Church speaks out because she is expected to be the moral voice in any nation. We are a people of peace. I don't think the Church would have a problem with a Catholic having legal arms for self defense reasons. Hopefully they don't have to use them if governments can provide safety for all its citizens.
Sacerdotus: The Founders of The U.S. of A. provided for a Militia comprised of ordinary Citizens and their personally-owned, state-of-the-art, "military grade" (whatever that means) P.D.W. (Personal Defense Weapon). At first meant to bypass the need for a "standing army", the War of 1812-15 showed the need for a professional Officer Corps, hence West Point established. Final tweaking of complicated relationship w/National Guard Act of 1912.BUT the Constitution hasn't been changed & citizens have the right to own the same type of guns as our Army.His Eminence Cardinal Dolan's recent statement has correct theological points but incorrect mundane, practical points. "Less Guns" doesn't necessarily mean less person on person violent crime; in fact it can lead to more. Like the couple in my county, whose home was invaded by two ppl not wanting witnesses to identify them. So the home invaders murdered the couple by beating them to death w/hammers. Police arrived w/in 5 minutes of criminals forcing the front door; cops caught thugs who fled via back door in backyard.Of course, if you wish the Martyr's Crown, you may want only Police & Military to have firearms, when here in the USA paramilitary Political Correctness Police start rounding up Catholic Priests. Almighty Father forgive me; when that happens in my parish the forces of Evil will have a fight on their hands-w/guns- even if the priest objects.Enough for now. God Bless You & I hope to communicate another day.
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