The Vatican may have another dilemma to deal with soon that goes beyond the reparations behind the sexual abuse scandals of the priesthood through Pope Francis. With Pope Francis already loved by those who aren’t even Catholic for his more logical and progressive stances, his negative view on marijuana may become a problem for some of his supporters. That’s because the Vatican seemed to be lumping marijuana in with all other legalization of drugs, despite America starting to single out marijuana as an exception amid drugs much worse.
While studies continue to be undefined on just what marijuana does, you’ll find many now who don’t find it evil as Pope Francis says. If we all agree that overall drug addiction is evil, it might surprise some people the Pope isn’t on board to the idea of medical marijuana helping people feel better who experience daily pain.
If those in the Vatican argue that prayer helps pain, it can’t always be guaranteed to help manage physical pain on a daily basis. Even the bible subscribes to medicinal aspects to help people cure ills in conjunction with prayer. No doubt many faithful Catholics who pray daily now take marijuana medicinally and perhaps even recreationally in the safety of their homes.
As far as the more liberal Catholics out there, the recreational use of marijuana may be going on behind closed doors in the legal states of California, Washington, and Colorado. When you have California on board, you already have a major piece of America that’s going to help snowball marijuana legalization into other states before long. Don’t be surprised if by the midterms or 2016 at the latest, other states soon join the federation of states green lighting certain amounts of recreational marijuana.
That might sound troubling to the Vatican who has strong ties to American Catholics. But is it a sign that they’re perhaps behind on what the people really want, especially when Pope Francis seems to have a pulse on the evolution of society?
Marijuana vs. The Vatican
What happens when more and more American states decide to legalize limited amounts of recreational and medicinal marijuana, especially in strong Catholic states? Will the Vatican condemn America for deciding to take on marijuana, or will they capitulate to the inevitable and say that marijuana is acceptable to those who use it medicinally only? It’s then when the Vatican may have to go even further if they find out that more people use marijuana recreationally than use it medicinally. While there isn’t any evidence yet that they do, the huge marijuana-supporting crowds on 4/20 in Colorado this year might suggest otherwise.
When it comes to the war on drugs, even the Vatican probably sees it’s a losing battle for harder drugs in America. With the Pope including marijuana in with the idea that legalizing it doesn’t produce a “desired effect”, may sound a little anachronistic to those using marijuana regularly in ways that doesn’t harm other people. Many have used it to help pain, bring more creativity, and to help them relax. Faithful Catholics who do this may end up coming to in impasse with the Catholic Church as much as they have over birth control. If the latter seems to be tolerable to some, the condemnation of marijuana may be a final straw for some in staying with the church.
Thankfully, Pope Francis is willing to compromise on a surprising number of issues. It seems inevitable he’ll have to revise things once many U.S. states inevitably legalize marijuana during his papacy. As a sense of compromise, there may have to be a commitment to keep the smoking of marijuana conservative, as in only certain amounts, and within the confines of home in order to make it acceptable. Someone who’s smoked marijuana for a long time might find it surreal that the word “conservative” would enter this picture, even if the tying of two ends frequently happens when opposing forces ultimately meet.