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Bishops forbid priests to carry guns

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MANILA, June 3, 2013— Catholic bishops are standing firm against priests owning weapons and firearms for self-defense.

Church officials said that all priests are to be called to imitate Christ who rejected the use of weapons in his own defense.

“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,” Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco said.

According to Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros, priests are also called to be pacifists.

“We should not counter violence with violence. Priests are supposed to be men of peace and not war,” Oliveros said.

“Priests must be non-violent. We get our protection from the Holy angels— not weapons,” said Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes.

President Benigno Aquino III last week signed a law that would allow individuals including priests – whose nature or occupation and business pose imminent danger to their lives to secure a license to own firearms.

But Malacañang said the Republic Act (RA) provide stricter guidelines on securing a license after a series of high-profile deaths this year.

The gun control law mandates that those seeking to own firearms will have to undergo psychiatric and drug tests and should not have a criminal record. (CBCPNews)


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