Of course, today’s fickle pansies would have you believe Christians to be pacifists who don’t want to hurt anyone. Not I, said Reverend Edward Fride: the Ann Arbor Catholic priest who urged all of his parishioners to arm themselves. That’s right. This is one priest… who’s turning the other chamber.
Reverend Fride wrote a 4,000 word letter on the subject entitled (wait for it): ‘We’re not in Mayberry Anymore, Toto.’ Can you dig it? In the letter, he told all of his parishioners to get concealed carry permits because they couldn’t count on the police to protect them.
And he also said that Catholic teachings in no way preclude owning a gun for self-defense. Would seem self-explanatory. But of course, some people have a…different opinion on the matter.
The Lansing Catholic Bishop Earl Boyea had major problems with the letter. He said that “guns and gun lessons do not belong in the Catholic Church.” Clearly he doesn’t believe in any safety measures. He should ban fire drills and fire extinguishers, too. Or at the very least, exorcise them.
Bishop Boyea went on to say that he never gave anyone permission to carry a ‘concealed weapon in a church or school in the Diocese of Lansing’. Which effectively makes Catholic Churches and schools in Michigan gun free zones. Which effectively makes them “human target practice zones.” Which, when considering how Muslims are burning Christians alive en masse… could be seen as a liability.
It’s obvious that the Bishop is way out of touch with reality. Fride wrote in his Mayberry letter that he was worried about the rising crime rates and the (almost) shooting that happened nearby. But like we said, safety means nothing to the Bishop. It’s about getting more sheep—not about protecting them from the wolves.
Or maybe he’s taking the ‘God will protect us’ approach. Or maybe he actually does think they live in Mayberry.
Even more frightening…what if he’s just worried about his public image? Wolf in sheep’s clothing much?