The Church in the Philippines Refuses to Arm Priests

Source: FSSPX News

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has criticized the proposal to arm priests as a preventive measure. This proposal was made by the police after the recent murderous attacks against several members of the clergy.

Ever since December 2017, priests have been the target of bloody attacks; three priests have been killed, one at the end of the Sunday Mass he had just celebrated. On June 6, 2018, a fourth priest survived the bullet wounds inflicted by two gunmen.

In this context, the Filipino Church was urgently requested to take advantage of a 2014 law allowing journalists, priests, lawyers, doctors, nurses, accountants and engineers to carry firearms outside their homes… The goal being self-defense.

“Arming priests is not a solution to crimes against them,” warned Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the bishops’ Public Affairs Committee.

Bishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon recalled that “priests get their protection from angels, not weapons.”

Church Law habitually forbids members of the clergy to occupy military functions or bear arms. Fr. Secillano summed up the general reaction: “like any ordinary citizen, priests are also entitled to protection from the government!”