First it was telling married couples to have children rather than pets, and now history’s coolest pontiff is taking aim at another treasured libertine practice (and his college fan base): getting high.
Religion News Service reports that Pope Francis, addressing a drug enforcement conference in Rome, responded to the cascade of legalization initiatives in the U.S.:
“Let me state this in the clearest terms possible: the problem of drug use is not solved with drugs! Drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise,” Francis said.
“To think that harm can be reduced by permitting drug addicts to use narcotics in no way resolves the problem. Attempts, however limited, to legalize so-called ‘recreational drugs’ are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce the desired effects.”
The pope said drug use was fed by a “deplorable” international commerce that put the lives of adolescents and young people in danger.
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