The Pope And Pot

pope  Okay all of you good Catholic Libertarians, now what?

This week Pope Francis came out in the clearest and harshest way possible against the legalization of recreational drugs, yes including the libertarian favorite, marijuana. Oh! Heavens!

So while I am sure that a lot of the libertarian anarchist are also atheist, and will simply claim the Pope is nothing but a government puppet, there is, I am sure, a large number of libertarians out there who are good Catholics, or as good as any of us flawed creatures can be.

So while they can justify going against the proclamations of man, will they also ignore the proclamations of the Bishop of Rome, the earthly representative of Christ?

7 Comments on "The Pope And Pot"

  1. Rick says:

    It doesn’t matter to me, but it is interesting that the Catholic clergy is allowed to drink alcohol and inhale nicotine, both mind-altering chemicals.

  2. fightingbluehen says:

    Yeah, my guess is that the Vatican has a pretty extensive collection of top shelf liquor and fine wines to match all the other fineries inside those walls.

  3. Rick says:

    Rick, you don’t get to write your own blog post here. If you would like to submit a post, please use the contact us information to submit one for consideration. Edited by Frank Knotts

  4. Rick says:

    That’s fine; I just thought it might generate more interest than two responses.

  5. Dave says:

    There are differences between alcohol, nicotine and other drugs. As an example, marijuana is a gateway drug. Regardless, the Pope is concerned about the “evil” of drug addiction and the fact that legalization will promote more drug addiction. That’s a fair criticism of legalization.

    My argument for the legalization is economic. If the “war of drugs” was a solution to the problem, I could accept the cost. But thus far it has failed. If the collective wisdom of nation cannot find a solution, regardless of the time, money, and effort invested, it could be considered an intractable problem for which there is no clear solution, at present. My general principle is not to play Don Quixote and go tilting at windmills, just because I believe it’s right. I believe that legalization is generally bad for the nation, but less so than the failed war on drugs.

    One aspect of this is clear however. And that is alcohol and marijuana have some beneficial effects when used in moderation. That is indeed the case with nearly everything. Moderation in all things because too much of anything is harmful. Excessive spinach causes cancer in rats, yadda, yadda.

    And, in todays world of extremism we are faced with too much neo-progressivism and neo-conservatism. Those are the real threats to our nation and the world. Would that we could find a solution for those threats.

  6. Frank Knotts says:

    Dave, just asking, are you catholic? I am not. My post is aimed more at actual Catholics since it is they who should follow the professions of the Pope. I would guess that the Pope believes that legalizing will add to a problem, that as a spiritual leader, he would feel there is a spiritual solution.
    I know that when I was fighting addiction to be clean, I prayed for strength. I had tried several times before with no success, but when I actually prayed for strength, and read the word of God, I found the strength and the will.
    I would guess that the Pope would advise people to turn to God for that strength. A person has to find it within themselves and want to stop, for me that was with God’s help. To be honest though, I don’t know if it were legal at the time, and the temptation that much easier to give into, if I would have been able to.

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