Pope: If You Make Weapons, Don't Call Yourself Christian

He questions why the Allies didn't do more to stop the Holocaust, too
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2015 11:37 PM CDT
Updated Jun 22, 2015 2:00 AM CDT
Pope: Why Didn't Great Powers Stop the Holocaust?
Pope Francis waits for a group of young people carrying a wooden cross during a meeting with the youths in Turin, Italy, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Some theologians wonder why God didn't stop the Holocaust; Pope Francis wants to know why the Allies didn't do more to stop it. "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," Francis said in a speech in Turin yesterday, per the AP. "Tell me, why didn't they bomb" the railway lines? The Holocaust remarks came in a speech to thousands of young people in which Francis told them he could understand their distrust for the world, the AP reports.

Francis also used the speech to condemn the weapons industry, suggesting that people who make guns and bombs for a living have no right to call themselves Christians, Reuters reports. "People, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit [of] distrust, doesn't it?" he said to applause. He also criticized those who invest in weapons industries and described the conflicts around the world today as "a Third World War in segments," reports the AP. (Last week, Francis called for a "bold cultural revolution" to tackle man-made climate change.)

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