Vatican's 'Cardinal Rambo' Must Think Jesus Was a Gun-Slinging Kinda Guy

jesus action figureWhat's the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the words Cardinal Rambo? Maybe you're imagining a trailer for an action/adventure flick starring an aging Sylvester Stallone going undercover as a man of the cloth to expose a network of Vatican mercenaries. If that's the case, you wouldn't be too far off:

Domenico Calcagno is a "top Vatican cardinal" who's earned the nickname "Cardinal Rambo" for his "rich collection of rifles and handguns." 

I swear, you can't make this sh*t up.

The 68-year-old cardinal owns at least 13 weapons; among them, a Smith & Wesson 357 Magnum, a Hatsan shotgun, and several rifles.

Calcagno defends his hobby thusly:

"This passion for weapons is long-standing. I used to go to shooting ranges. Unfortunately since I've been at the Vatican I had to stop. It's innocent. What I like above all is repairing weapons."

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Okay. I'm going to show a tremendous amount of restraint and avoid making any "leave the gun, take the cannolis" jokes.

Because all we really have to do to figure out if Cardinal Rambo's obsession is an appropriate one for a priest is to ask ourselves the eternal question, "What would Jesus do?" Cause wasn't he sort of a peace-loving kinda guy?

Here's what he said about violence in the Bible (Matthew 5:17-48):

You have heard that it was said, "Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth." But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Taking the above quote into account -- and considering that whole "vow of poverty" thing required of the clergy -- I think it's safe to say that this is What Jesus Would Do: Sell Cardinal Rambo's arsenal and donate the profits to the poor.

What do you think Cardinal Rambo should do with his gun collection?


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