Because of the deadly attacks on Priests in the Philippines Priests with guns could become commonplace as Priests apply to arm themselves.
Philippine National Police has received applications for permits to carry from 188 priests and another 58 preachers and ministers.
The permit to carry would allow them to carry a firearm outside their residence.
The move that will make Philippines Priests more like American Priests comes after 3 Priests have been shot and killed in the past 6 months.
While Priests with guns seems to be common in some states in America, in the rest of the industrialised world they find the idea of Priests with guns a contradiction to their religion as the bible says “Thou shalt not kill” Exodus 20:13.
Under Philippines law to get a permit to carry a firearm you must be a licensed gun owner whose life is under threat or in imminent danger, and the PNP must issue a threat assessment certificate.
In the Philippines permits to own firearms do not give the right to carry a firearm. Permits to carry are separate from permits to own firearms. A threat assessment certificate is not required if the applicants profession is considered to be in imminent danger, this includes lawyers, cashiers and bank tellers, journalists,, priests, ministers, imams, rabbis, physicians and nurses and high-risk businessmen.
The PNP said “there was no immediate information on whether the priests who applied for the permits to carry were facing death threats.”
Some priests in Laguna have said they may arm themselves for the purpose of self-defence.
The president of the Catholic Bishops Archbishop Romulo Valles is opposed to priests have guns, he said priests were supposed to be men of peace.
Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Florencio is also opposed to priests with guns, he believes it would create more chaos and will not solve anything.
You only have to look at America where there are more guns than in any other country and the huge amount of deaths from gun violence to realise that Bishop Oscar Florencio is correct.
The belief that guns defend you is totally flawed there has been a lot of research that shows people who own guns are more likely to be shot and the fact that over 17,000 people die from gun violence in the USA is a clear signal that as a defence their guns are not working.
Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said “the priests must respect the decision of their bishops on whether they would be allowed to carry guns.”
Bishop Ruperto Santos who is Bishop of Balanga stated he would not allow priests in his diocese to be armed.