Vatican “Cardinal Rambo” defends his passion for collecting firearms.

A top Vatican cardinal with a passion for shooting defended…

A top Vatican cardinal with a passion for shooting defended his rich collection of rifles and handguns in comments on Thursday to Italian newspapers that have already dubbed him “Cardinal Rambo.”

“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,” Domenico Calcagno, head of the Administration of Vatican Patrimony, told Il Fatto Quotidiano.

“It’s innocent. What I like above all is repairing weapons,” he said.

The 68-year-old cardinal owns at least 13 weapons including the famous 357 Magnum made by Smith & Wesson and a Hatsan shotgun, according to the website Savonanews from Savona in northwest Italy where Calcagno used to be the bishop.

Source: AFP via The Provence.

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  • Jim Mullin

    Why not? The Templars,Hospitailers,Knights of Santiago,Teutonic Knights,Knights of Saint John all carried arms,as do the current Swiss Guard.As the enemies of good and decency grow in power on the Earth,Christians should not go to the lions peacefully.The most powerful military on earth has a high “baptised” christian component,the US military.A decade or so ago,US News and world report said that some 60% of US military personnel were Catholic,then Baptists,other christians and only a very very very few Jews,muslims and atheists.

  • As long as he follows the four “cardinal” rules of gun safety, I’m all for it.