In his vigil mass for the feast of Corpus Christi, Pope Francis had strong words indeed for the murderous gangsters of the Mafia:
When adoration of the Lord is substituted by adoration of money, the road to sin opens to personal interest … When one does not adore the Lord, one becomes an adorer of evil, like those who live by dishonesty and violence. Your land, which so beautiful, knows the signs of the consequences of this sin. The ‘ndrangheta (Calabrian mafia) is this: adoration of evil and contempt of the common good. This evil must be fought, must be expelled. It must be told no. The Church, which is so committed to educating consciences, must always expend itself even more so that good can prevail. Our children ask this of us. Our young people ask this of us, they, who need hope. To be able to respond to this demands, faith can help us. Those who in their lives have taken this evil road, this road of evil, such as the mobsters, they are not in communion with God, they are excommunicated.
PopeWatch is slowly drawing conclusions about Pope Francis. One conclusion which is clear from this informal excommunication of the Mafia is that the Pope is a man of considerable courage, as he joins the ranks of his predecessors who condemned the Mafia in the strongest terms imaginable.