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catholics why does the Pope need the swiss guard?

if the pope is a king.. why does he need a state if jesus christ said his kingdom is not of this world? why does the pope need a guard? I am catholic but analyzing all the christian leaders of the other churches similar to the catholic church.. they don't have a state and they don't have a special guard or police.


I don't see answers from catholic fellows.. I respect the Pope but today I watched a documental about the swiss guard.. the Pope who I don't remember his name he said there is not a king.. so why is there a swiss guard and a state?

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  • 10 years ago
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    22, 1506 marked the Guards’ first entrance into the Vatican when they were sanctioned and blessed by Pope Julius II. Ever since that time they have been the constant bodyguards designated for the exclusive protection of the Holy Father. During the sack of the city of Rome the Swiss Guards protected the Holy Father and on May 6, 1527 189 members of the Guard sacrificed their lives to protect the Pontiff. Only forty-two guards remained after the battle, however the papal palaces were secured and the Pope safe. Every year on this day, new members of the Swiss Guards are sworn into the Guard, with a specific oath of personal allegiance to protect, the person of the Holy Father, even till the death.

    Today the Swiss Guards are responsible for all of the activities at the Vatican, from directing traffic to crowd control at Papal events. Their everyday uniform is dark blue; however they still carry the traditional pikes and weapons of their medieval predecessors. The Swiss Guards however are not a personal protective force to be taken lightly. According to their web site, the Swiss Guards are trained in all aspects of modern protective capabilities. They work in close unison with the Italian police and foreign governments when papal trips are planned to ensure the constant protection of the Pope.

    Popes in their secular role ruled portions of the Italian peninsula for more than a thousand years until the mid 19th century, when many of the Papal States were seized by the newly united Kingdom of Italy. In 1870, the pope's holdings were further circumscribed when Rome itself was annexed. Disputes between a series of "prisoner" popes and Italy were resolved in 1929 by three Lateran Treaties, which established the independent state of Vatican City and granted Roman Catholicism special status in Italy. In 1984, a concordat between the Holy See and Italy modified certain of the earlier treaty provisions, including the primacy of Roman Catholicism as the Italian state religion. Present concerns of the Holy See include religious freedom, international development, the environment, the Middle East, China, the decline of religion in Europe, terrorism, interreligious dialogue and reconciliation, and the application of church doctrine in an era of rapid change and globalization. About one billion people worldwide profess the Catholic faith.

    People forget that the previous Pope was shot. The charge that the Pope doesn't have enough faith and needs protection is just faith divorced from reason. Such a faith is dangerous.

    Why the Pope needs a state? The same reason Obama needs a country.

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  • carl
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    10 years ago

    History shows the Pope and the Vatican being attacked by invaders. There are some people who hate the Pope and would like nothing more to see an unprotected Pope. John Paul II traveled less protected and then was shot. After that they created the bullet proof car he traveled around in. I got to see it up close in World Youth Day in Denver, 1993.

    Jesus' dominion extends over the earth through the preaching and sacramental ministry of the Church (Mt 28:18-20). I think it was important that the Vatican state be sovereign so as not to be under the influence of any country or secular state.

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  • 10 years ago

    The pope is a well respected man to more than 1.4 billion Catholics worldwide..

    He definitely is not a king, but he is the senior-most pastor to us all..

    He is the servant of God here on earth..

    There are many people who might try to harm him or even kill him.

    It is not the pope who asks for all the security, but it is people like us, who are Catholics and follow Christ, want to pope to be safe, we even pray FOR his health and good intentions every single day..

    November 1970: Pope Paul VI escaped an assassination attempt in Manila, Philippines when a Bolivian artist tried to stab him at the airport.

    May 1981: Pope John Paul II was shot at 4 times at St.Peter's square, and he was near death but with the grace of God he survived it.

    Pope Benedict the XVI has been 'attacked' a number of time by people..

    To prevent all this mis happenings, the pope has the Swiss guards, who have guarded the Vatican for years, so its tradition..

    Having security, a bullet proof pope mobile, lightening rods in churches are not considered lack of faith in God, but considered being smart..

    After all God helps those who helps themselves..

    Source(s): Catholic
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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    He's not a king.

    He has no army or protection of any kind, and there are some crazy fundies out there that want to kill the Pope, because they think he's the antichrist or the 'whore of babylon' lol

    Remember years back when someone shot Pope John Paul? Well, maybe that is why they decided to beef up security.

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  • 10 years ago

    We believe God protects the Pope from making mistakes about doctrine in the doctrine of Papal Infallibility but not in other parts of his life like stopping bullets.

    Matthew 4:5-7 states:

    Then the devil took him to the holy city, and made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: 'He will command his angels concerning you and 'with their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.'"

    Jesus answered him, "Again it is written, 'You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.'"

    There are a lot of crazy people out there so the Pope likewise uses his God-given common sense and does not put God to the test.

    Another thought: If the Pope discourages an assassination attempt or even stops an assassin from murdering him then the Pope may help save the assassin's soul.

    And finally, as Saint Augustine (354-430) said, "Pray as though everything depended on God and act as if everything depended on you."

    With love in Christ.

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  • 4 years ago

    Not their role. Perhaps you are thinking of the Congregation for the Defense of the Faith. They are too busy harassing practicing Catholics, eh.

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  • 10 years ago

    They had to do something with those snappy purple and yellow striped pants. A police force sounded like a good idea at the time.

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  • 10 years ago

    Because they're holy, just like swiss cheese.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Ephesians 2:8-9 (King James Version)

    8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

    9Not of works, lest any man should boast.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    I think it shows an extreme lack of faith that God will protect him. I guess even the Pope doesn't have enough faith in God's divine protection.

    Also, why do church steeple towers have lightning rods? I thought God controlled thunder and lightning. Maybe God likes to use his churches as target practice. Or maybe it's after 100 years of the church refusing to put lightning rods on their churches and then seeing thousands get burned down.

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