"But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one."
There's only one explanation if comments reportedly made by Pope Francis over the weekend are accurate—the Pope is senile.
Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry at a rally of thousands of young people at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin.
"If you trust only men you have lost," he told the young people in a long, rambling talk about war, trust and politics after putting aside his prepared address.
"It makes me think of ... people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn't it?" he said to applause.
He also criticized those who invest in weapons industries, saying "duplicity is the currency of today ... they say one thing and do another."
Needless to say, I disagree with the Pope's analysis of the state of the immortal souls of people who manufacture weapons. But the thing is, the Pope apparently does too, if comments farther down in the story are accurate.
He spoke of the "tragedy of the Shoah," using the Hebrew term for the Holocaust.
"The great powers had the pictures of the railway lines that brought the trains to the concentration camps like Auschwitz to kill Jews, Christians, homosexuals, everybody. Why didn't they bomb (the railway lines)?"
Bomb the railway lines with what exactly? Weapons manufactured by heathens?
Don't even get me started on the pontiff's own armed guards.