The editor of a US-based Catholic news service has attacked the Vatican's spokesman for calling for increased gun control.
Phil Lawler of Catholic World News in a blog posting criticised Fr
Federico Lombardi, who in an editorial for Vatican Radio described the
gun control reforms proposed by President Barack Obama as "a step in the
Mr Lawler stressed that Fr Lombardi's views were his own and not
those of Pope Benedict XVI and said that his call for disarmament was
"mis-informed" and went "well beyond what the Church teaches".
Last week in a press conference at Capitol Hill and in a letter to
Congress, an alliance of religious leaders brought together by Faiths
United to Prevent Gun Violence, which includes the US bishops'
conference, petitioned lawmakers to reinstitute a ban on assault
weapons, require background checks on all gun buyers, and make gun
trafficking a federal crime.