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PopeWatch: Mafia

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.

 

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

6 Comments

  1. I have read it somewhere, perhaps, here at The American Catholic, that the Mafia only kills members of rival gangs, not civilians. So the mafia is one up from the abortionist who murders our constitutional posterity, the only innocent gift to our nation to establish Justice, the compelling interest of the state in fulfilling its duty to protect the unborn and deliver Justice to the people.
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    Not the any homicide is acceptable.
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    The Mafia is feared more than admired. If its members realize that they operate on fear more than good will and the common good of mankind, then they will forego belonging…and there is more money to be made with Divine Providence, than without God.
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    I wonder what the atheist will do with the Mafia in the hereafter.

  2. This Pope gets some things very, very right, such as this public albeit informal excommunication of the Mafiosi.

    Yet he simultaneously gets some things very, very wrong, especially when he talks about history or economics or politics. And for the orthodoxy of this present action, his opposition to all things traditional is so very, very odd. I await with trepidation the day when he talks about energy.

  3. it’s very easy for Pope Francis to condemn a group outside the Church. When will he do something about the Gay Mafia inside the Church?

  4. He could do something like that with these so called “Catholics” who have driven our beliefs right into the ground. However they had to learn this from some one somewhere. Someone who defends their “belief” in the church, their loyalty to God but rationalizes our beliefs to the point where these people really think they ccan have their own Catholic belief system. Is the killing by the mafia any worse than millions of babies a day, and infanticide and euthanasia? All in the name of social justice of course. A little good example and not so much fence sitting by our shepherds would be in order.

  5. I wonder if he will ever publicly acclaim that ‘those physicians who perform abortions, they have taken an
    Evil road. They are not in communion with God. They are excommunicated.’ ?

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