We have had a little fun in the past about the proper uses of the Beretta during liturgical worship.
Now I find this photo on the blog Deacon’s Bench.
This was taken during Holy Week 2011 in Iraq.
Can I just say it?
A Beretta would be useful, but… Oorah!
I want fully armed deacons during my next Solemn Mass.
Or is the deacon just holding the bishop’s weapon during Communion? I think a paten is more traditional.
I believe there is a canon which forbids clerics from bearing arms, which surely deals with being in the military and being armed and participating in combat as a combatant rather than as a chaplain …. but I think there are times when it is a good idea to have heat-packin’ deacon near by.