Priest Implies It's Better For People To Die Than To Arm Parishioners

Father Jeremy Zipple, a Jesuit, took to Twitter to express his stance on allowing guns to be carried in churches.

Belize City, BELIZE – A Jesuit priest took to Twitter just 12 hours after armed parishioners in Texas stopped a gunman who opened fire during a church service and appeared to condemn those who would allow guns in church for security purposes.

“Guns in every church! Jesus must be so proud of modern day America,” Father Jeremy Zipple captioned a retweet of a National Rifle Association (NRA) post that heralded “a good guy with a gun” for stopping the shooting spree.

When a follower pushed back and asked the Jesuit priest if it wasn’t a good thing that that armed parishioners were able to stop the gunman, Zipple would not agree.

“I don’t think guns have any place in church,” he replied on the thread.

Zipple, the associate pastor of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Belize City, is the former editor of America Magazine, according to The Pluralist.

On Monday, he sought to clarify his position via social media.

“This Fri we’ll bury a 16-yr-old girl gunned down across street from our church. 3 yrs ago our pastor was held at gunpoint in churchyard. But we’ll not permit guns in our church. Some Christians gotta be bold & say no more killing & we trust God enough to take care of the rest,” Zipple tweeted.

“And some will say that’s imprudent and foolish and I’ll say, but where are the fools for Christ? And who said the gospel was supposed to be easy?” the priest asked a few minutes later.

Zipple’s posts were interpreted by many as direct criticism of the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, where an armed church member stopped a would-be mass murderer on Sunday morning.

“The events at West Freeway Church of Christ put me in a position that I would hope no one would have to be in, but evil exists and I had to take out an active shooter in church,” heroic churchgoer Jack Wilson wrote on his Facebook page Sunday night.

Wilson, a firearms instructor, a former law enforcement officer, and a great-grandfather, is the volunteer security team member at West Freeway Church of Christ who ended the gunman’s attack within six seconds.

“I’m thankful to GOD that I have been blessed with the ability and desire to serve him in the role of head of security at the church. I am very sad in the loss of two dear friends and brothers in CHRIST, but evil does exist in this world and I and other members are not going to allow evil to succeed,” he wrote. “Please pray for all the members and their families in this time. Thank you for your prayers and understanding.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said that Wilson made it a point to prepare himself and others to handle potentially deadly confrontations.

“He was a reserve deputy and had significant training, had his own shooting range, had taught other people how to shoot, had taught many people in this church how to be prepared,” Paxton said during a press conference, according to KDVR.

“He’s not just responsible for his actions, which ultimately saved the lives of maybe hundreds of people, but he’s also responsible for training hundreds in that church,” the attorney general noted.

According to Paxton, Wilson was the only individual who actually returned fire during the attack.

He fired just once, dropping the gunman instantly.

Even as all the details of what happened when the gunman opened fire in the church were revealed, Zipple held fast to his position that using guns to defend churchgoers was wrong.

“We've buried eight parishioners under the age of 30 this year who were all victims of gun violence. I do believe the world becomes more Christlike as swords are turned into plowshares, & as a Christian I'll continue to advocate for that. Hope you can understand my position,” the Jesuit priest tweeted on New Year’s Eve.

Numerous people on Twitter accused Zipple of confusing his religious beliefs with his politics.

“This is not a bold statement. Nor is this a Christian statement. It is your ‘peace testimony’ in which I respectfully disagree. I pray to the Lord that if ever I was in that situation he would guide my aim and give me the courage to stop the evil and save innocents,” Eric Reese tweeted in reply.

Comments (52)
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Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

THIS is why the Catholic Church is LOSING members, Well, this and the Socialist, One World, Gun Grabbing POPE we now have in office . Wonder if this "Priest" would feel the same if this SHTF scenario would happen while HIS was conducting Services?????

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I agree, guns don't belong in a church. You shouldn't need them in church, in schools, on college campuses or in hospitals.

Unfortunately, the bad guys don't follow the rules regarding "no weapon zones," so it's better to have good guys with guns on the off chance that a bad guy enters a no weapon zone with the intent to cause harm.

After all, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

MikeInVa
MikeInVa

There is no group of people on the planet earth further to the left than a Jesuit. That is a well-documented fact.

bronx163
bronx163

Here is the problem. The church and worst prt is the catholic church system especially in ny and north east and midwest, have aligned themselves with the left and far left and illegal immigrants over hard working Americans. Church will pour thousands of dollars into illegal pro illegal immigration and demonize Americans who have guns and love Trump. Catholic church lives in ferry tale of we must love and forgive the demons and bad people.

Texas shooting last week shows how parishioners have the stones to stand up to evil and engage. They saved lives by taking the life of evil savage.

Left and church want people to die in active shootings like the church in texas to push gun control. This animal was a felon and had a gun. Gun control laws have done nothing to deter acts of terror. Just look at jewish attack in Rockland county Ny. NY state outlawed machete’s few yrs ago. And again this animal butchered numerous jewish worshipers even as have a machete were made illegal.

Murder is a crime and people still commit the act.

Drug dealing is illegal people still commit the act.

30 day waiting periods, one gun a month, background checks dont work. Criminals dont buy guns at Cabbalas, Walmart, Gun broker, Local gun shops. They buy them on the street from criminals who stole them or illegally sell them.

The left just want to disarm Americans to prevent Americans from being free.

First play in taking over a society is get the guns. Hitler, stalin, muselini, chinese, all went after guns through registration and then confiscated at gun point.

2nd amendment states to guarantee a free state. Nothing there about hunting.

God bless all these Sheriffs in America who have the balls to stand up and defend Americans from far left unconstitutional gun laws. Virgina is playing with fire down there. Those in Virgina will never comply.

Church needs to stop their bs and stay out of politics.

Thats why i stop going to church in ny. I believe inGod just not the church. They are just scamming the people.

All they do is say give give give. But out of work Americans and poor get zero, while illegals get everything.

Church loves illegals because they will give church every spare dime they have.

Tomted
Tomted

This is the same church that covered up the rape and molestation of God knows how many young boys so their opinion and the opinion of their priests doesn’t mean shit to me.

Blaker
Blaker

If his 8 parishioners had been armed they wouldn't have been killed. I believe God gave us intelligence for a reason, to provide for ourselves, to protect ourselves and people entering a house of worship should feel safe to do so and if that means having armed citizens inside then so be it. I believe the public just knowing that a church is armed would prevent an evil person from going there with the intentions to kill.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Luke 22:36:

He said to them, But now, the one who has a money bag must take it, and likewise a traveler’s bag too. And the one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one.

If Jesus had an AR-15, he may have died of natural causes instead.

RQueen13
RQueen13

This from someone who belongs to the group that committed almost as bad of atrocities as the Holocaust. The jesuits were the ones led the crusades, the inquisition and many other attacks against Jews and Christians who did not fall in line with agreeing that the catholic church was the only true Christianity and who spoke against the catholic church.

Dot200
Dot200

JZipyJ is a Lunatic Fringe Cult leader who needs to have his opinions happen upon him on a hot day in hell.

DNW
DNW

The Catholic Church supports the right to self-defense against a violent aggressor. This priest represents his individual opinion here, not official Church teaching. I have frequently witnessed 'enabling' masquerade as 'peacemaking' or 'mercy'. There is a very fine line between the two and it requires real wisdom to sucessfully navigate it.

J10107
J10107

To Jeremy Zipple, The gospel doesn't say that God will save us from evil, or evil doers, it says that we will save ourselves, and protect those who are defenseless.

And to those who can't understand, or wish to misrepresent the gospel, do us all a favor and look for a new job, but flipping burgers might also be a little too advanced for you.

Trefflek
Trefflek

Priest don’t want guns in their church because when their caught molesting children someone might shoot them.

Njaz
Njaz

He states, "..believe the world becomes more Christlike as swords are turned into plowshares..." He is referencing a verse which will take place in the millennium- when Christ rules. Till then the hearts of men are wicked & there are those who fight it & those who give in to its wickedness. Partial truth results in a lie, ie; Genesis 3:1 & 4-5.

The express
The express

I always want a good guy with a gun around I don't care where I'm at. New Jersey sucks because we can't carry in this state.

JimInNH
JimInNH

Let me get this right - the guy who thinks it's wrong to have a gun with you now is the same guy who would call the police to bring a gun, only later. That makes perfect sense.

magnumforc
magnumforc

God Bless Jack Wilson, a God fearing man who had the courage and ability to protect so many lives in just a few seconds. As for Rev Zipple...when the Lord calls your name, I hope it's not preceded by the muzzle flash of some cretin's gun. You seem to forget that guns are not evil...those who misuse them are. That should be your calling...to teach those who would harm others, the abusers, and not denigrate the protectors.

Aquapig
Aquapig

Obviously, the Priest never read Romans 13. He also must have failed his Moral Theology Class teaching on the right to defend ones self.

Tommyd001
Tommyd001

I like the Rolls Royce's all the big church ministers drive..Sarc

pcmakr
pcmakr

To understand the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, read sections 2263-2265 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It can be enlightening and doesn’t necessarily agree with what this priest’s personal opinion is.

SDLucas
SDLucas

I'm a former soldier, retired fed, lay protestant minister, and carry concealed unless required to disarm to enter security screened no-gun zones. I've been told by this same kind of nonsense (you don't need and shouldn't have guns church or carry them as a "Good Christian" by ordained ministers of my own denomination. one said: "If you trusted God more, you wouldn't carry a gun." I tell them I usually carry at least two, because I trust the good sense that God gave me more than I trust guns or other people. Then, I sometimes ask them if they believe in having fire extinguishers in their homes and places of worship, and if so, is that because they believe God will protect them from criminals and crazies but not from fire? I carry and practice with murderer extinguishers.

RPG156
RPG156

Those Jesuits are such comedians... You first, Father...

Zpwjs
Zpwjs

Who would take their family to his chuwerch?

anthonyleopeter
anthonyleopeter

I understnd his sentiment, surely a worthy one, but a sentiment none the less. If I remember my bible correctly, I believe Peter raised his sword in the Garden of Gethsemane when Christ was arrested and cut off the ear of a Roman Soldier. Apparently, Christ had no rules against his apostles being armed.