Catholic bishops not in favor of priests owning guns

June 3, 2013 10:58 pm 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, June 3 (PNA) — Catholic prelates said priests must be non-violent therefore they don’t need guns.

According to Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes they don’t get protection from weapons but from angels above.

“No! priests must be non violent. We get our protection from the Holy angels — not weapons,” he said.

Bishop Jose Oliveros said priests are supposed to be man of peace and not of war.

“Definitely not … Our Lord said, he who lives by the sword, will die by the sword. We should not counter violence with violence,” he added.

Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles noted that he is for a gunless society.

“I am for gunless society. We priests are not afraid of dangers … weapons the people should carry are weapons offorgiveness, mercy, goodness and love. These weapons never hurt. All other weapons destroy,” he said.

Likewise, Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco does not support the idea of priests having guns.

“No. Our vocation and role in the transformation of society as priests is different. Our security is more on what we do, how we interact and live with people.

Last month, President Benigno Aquino III signed Republic Act (RA) 10591, the "Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act."

The law allows gun ownership, especially individuals whose nature of work may pose danger to their lives such asjuridical entities, corporate officers like the vice president, treasurer or board secretary; as well as lawyers, certified public accountants; accredited media practitioners; cashiers, bank tellers; priests, ministers, rabbi, imams; doctors and nurses; engineers; and businessmen. (PNA)

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