Pope Francis last week came out strongly against the trend to legalize some recreational drugs:
“With evil, there can be no yielding or compromise,” said the Pope, condemning attempts to legalize so-called “recreational drugs.” “To think that harm can be reduced by permitting drug addicts to use narcotics,” he said, “in no way resolves the problem.” Substitute drugs, he affirmed, “are not an adequate therapy but rather a veiled means of surrendering to the problem…no to every type of drug use!”
He deplored the commerce “which transcends national and continental borders,” leading to the “inexorable” spread of drug use and applauded the work of anti-drug agencies to stop it. The Pope encouraged them to effectively coordinate anti-narcotics policies and strategies aimed at fighting the drug trade.
To say “no” to drugs, Pope Francis pointed out, one has to say “yes” to life, love, others, education and greater job opportunities. “If we say ‘yes’ to all these things,” he said, “there will be no room for illicit drugs, for alcohol abuse, for other forms of addiction.”
Go here to read the rest. Just another element in the complex mosaic of Pope Francis that does not fit easily into the usual divisions of left and right of the popular media.