Although U.S. Roman Catholic bishops have stepped into the national conversation about guns with statements and testimony before Congess in favor of gun control, some members of their flock aren't quite so sure.

Religion News Service reports that some anti-gun-control Catholics disagree strongly with the bishops' take on the subject.

The Catholic gun-rights activists and their supporters say that although the Church is their spiritual guide, they won't let the bishops make policy choices for them. 

"I do feel a great loyalty to the church and the bishops and it pains me to see them behaving so foolishly," John M. Snyder, a gun-rights activist and lifelong Catholic said to RNS.

The bishops have a long history of advocating in favor of strong gun control. In 1975, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a statement that the weapons should eventually be eliminated from our society, according to the RNS report.

Since the Newtown, Conn., killings of several children and adults in December, the bishops have reiterated their call, joining President Barack Obama, who also is championing increased gun-control measures.

The anti-gun control Catholics are actually a minority among the Church's parishioners. A Public Religion Research Institute and Religion News Service poll shows that about 62 percent of Catholics agree with the bishops on gun control.