Catholic Priest Rev. Edward Fride had some very surprising advice for his Ann Arbor, Michigan congregation. In a letter to his Christ is King parishoners, Rev. Fride suggested they may want to consider getting a concealed weapons permit. In fact, as Bearing Arms reports, he’s so intent on protecting his parishoners, he announced the Parrish will be holding the required Concealed Permit License course!
“It is very common for Christians to simply assume that they live in Mayberry, trusting that because they know the Lord Jesus, everything will always be fine and nothing bad can happen to them and their families,” Fride wrote.
“How to balance faith, reality, prudence, and trust is one of those critical questions that we struggle with all our lives. Pretending we are in Mayberry, while we are clearly not, can have very negative consequences for ourselves and those we love, especially those we have a responsibility to protect. If we are not in Mayberry, is there a real threat?”
One woman who is part of Fride’s flock apparently told him that she was afraid of guns. His response was, “How do you feel about rape?”
While surprising coming from a man of the cloth, Fride’s suggestions are actually in line with Catholic doctrine issued directly from the Vatican which says that you have a right and a duty to armed self-defense.
2263 The legitimate defense of persons and societies is not an exception to the prohibition against the murder of the innocent that constitutes intentional killing. “The act of self-defense can have a double effect: the preservation of one’s own life; and the killing of the aggressor. . . . The one is intended, the other is not.
2264 Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one’s own right to life. Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow.
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.
It never ceases to amaze me to hear people misquote the Bible, attempting to claim that the Fifth Commandment should be construed to mean it is never acceptable to take the life of another person for any reason, ever.
Christians have long taught that human life is sacred, and that we should fight to defend the lives God has given us from those who would unjustly take that life from us. If the person attempting to take the gift of life from us can only be stopped by lethal force, that use of lethal force to preserve life is not a sin.
(Editor’s note: And by the way, Jews don’t have a problem with the whole “self defense” concept either – just ask Benjamin Netanyahu)
Thou shalt gun up!