- Feb 16, 2020
Germany’s Catholic and Protestant churches criticized their country’s growing arms sales to non-Nato states, such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and demanded tighter export controls on weapons manufacturers. Government licenses and arms exports in Germany grew 96 percent in 2015.
“It makes no difference where arms come from; they circulate with brazen and virtually absolute freedom in many parts of the world,” Pope Francis told the United Nations World Food Program on Monday. “As a result, wars are fed, not persons.”
Catholics wondering what the Church has to say about gun control in the wake of the Orlando massacre will find nothing firm from Rome, but a clear drift from the U.S. bishops in favor of stronger limits and the eventual near-elimination of guns from American society.