Pope Francis Delivers Tough Message About Weapons Manufacturers Who ‘Call Themselves Christian’

Pope Francis insinuated over the weekend that weapons manufacturers and those who invest in the weapons industry are hypocrites if they call themselves Christians.

“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons,” he said at a youth rally in Turin, Italy, according to Reuters. “That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn’t it?”

As for those who invest in the weapons industry, Pope Francis had equally tough words: “Duplicity is the currency of today … they say one thing and do another.”

Pope Francis listens to a speech during a special audience he held for members of the FOCSIV Italian Catholic volunteers, at the Vatican, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

The pontiff’s comments about those who benefit and profit from the weapons industry were widely seen as the toughest to date, Reuters reported.

Pope Francis spoke during the same address about the failure of world powers to stop the Nazis during the Holocaust, asking why bombs weren’t used to halt transports to concentration camps.

“The great powers had photographs of the railway routes that the trains took to the concentration camps, like Auschwitz, to kill the Jews, and also the Christians, and also the Roma, also the homosexuals,” Pope Francis said, according to the Independent. “Tell me, why didn’t they bomb [those railroads]?”

As TheBlaze previously reported, these remarks follow the pontiff’s comments about climate change, which place the bulk of the blame on human activity.

(H/T: Reuters)