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    Posted: Jun 22 2014 at 11:08am

Although I was raised catholic, I never cared what any pope had to say on anything. But this one's got balls. I'm afraid he might get himself killed though, because his ruffling the feathers of a lot of his colleagues  internally, with his anti-corruption, anti-crime stances.


Pope Francis 'excommunicates' mafia

Pontiff issues strongest attack on organised crime by papacy in two decades and comforts father of boy killed in a mafia 'hit'

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Pope Francis visits Calabria. He branded the local crime group, the 'Ndrangheta, as an example of the 'adoration of evil and contempt of the common good'. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Pope Francis has issued the strongest condemnation of organised crime groups by a pontiff in two decades, accusing them of practising "the adoration of evil" and saying that mafiosi were excommunicated.

It was the first time a pope had used the word excommunication – a total cutoff from the church – in direct reference to members of organised crime.

"Those who in their lives follow this path of evil, as mafiosi do, are not in communion with God. They are excommunicated," he said in impromptu comments at a mass before hundreds of thousands of people in one of Italy's most crime-ridden areas.

To sustained applause he told the crowd on Sunday: "This evil must be fought against, it must be pushed aside. We must say no to it." He called the local crime group, the 'Ndrangheta, as an example of the "adoration of evil and contempt of the common good" and said the church would exert its full force in efforts to combat organised crime.

"Our children are asking for it, our young people are asking for it. They are in need of hope and faith can help respond to this need," he said.

Vatican spokesman Father Ciro Benedettini said the pope's stern words did not constitute a formal over-arching decree of canon (church) law regarding excommunication, which is a formal legal process.

Rather, he said it was more of a direct message to members of organised crime that they had effectively excommunicated themselves, reminding them that they could not participate in church sacraments or other activities because they had distanced themselves from God through their criminal actions.

But the language used by the pope was significant because many members of organised crime in Italy see themselves as part of a religious, cult-like group, take part in sacraments, go to church and in some cases have also found complicity within the clergy in the south.

The pope, Benedettini said, was trying to "isolate mafiosi within their own communities", sending a message that they should not in any way be looked up to as "men of honour".

In 1993 Pope John Paul warned members of Sicily's mafia that they would "one day face the justice of God". The mafia responded several months later with bomb attacks against several churches in Rome, including the Basilica of St John's, which is a church of the pontiff in his capacity as bishop of Rome.

Francis spoke in a homily at the end of day-long trip to the southern region of Calabria, home of the 'Ndrangheta.

The crime group has been much harder for investigators to combat than the Sicily's mafia because its structure is more lateral than hierarchical and its tightly-knit families are less flashy than their Sicilian counterparts and harder to penetrate.

A 2013 study by Demoskopia, an economic and social research institute, estimated the 'Ndrangheta has an annual turnover of €53bn (£42bn) from 30 countries, equivalent to about 3.5% of Italy's official GDP.

Around half of its revenues came through drug trafficking, the study found.

Francis made the trip in part to pay tribute to Nicola "Coco" Campolongo, who was killed in the town along with his grandfather in an organised crime attack last January.

The charred body of the three-year-old boy, who had been entrusted to his grandfather Giuseppe Iannicelli after his parents were jailed on drug charges, was found along with those of Iannicelli and a Moroccan woman in a burnt-out car in the town.

Francis, who last January denounced the murder and asked the killers to repent, comforted the boy's father and other relatives during a meeting a Vatican spokesman described as highly emotional.

"Never again violence against children. May a child never again have to suffer like this. I pray for him continuously. Do not despair," the spokesman quoted the pope as saying.

The boy's parents and grandfather were part of a drugs trafficking clan of the 'Ndrangheta. Social workers have come under criticism for entrusting the boy to his maternal grandfather, a convicted drugs runner who was out on bail.

The bishop of the area the pope visited, Nunzio Galantino, is seen as one of the most progressive in Italy's poorer, underdeveloped south and has taken strong stands against organised crime.

But there have been instances of collusion of some priests in other areas of Calabria where the 'Ndrangheta is strongest, further south along the Italian peninsula near Reggio Calabria.

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"Never again violence against children. May a child never again have to suffer like this. I pray for him continuously. Do not despair," the spokesman quoted the pope as saying.


So all those pedo priest in the church get a pass but the mafia doesn't?


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Originally posted by Az~Maverick Az~Maverick wrote:

<b style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">"Never again violence against children. May a child never again have to suffer like this. I pray for him continuously. Do not despair," the spokesman quoted the pope as saying.


So all those pedo priest in the church get a pass but the mafia doesn't?


Oh ok.


I don't recall this pope ever saying anything out of line about that, did he? He seems quite different from his predecessors. I wouldn't be surprised if he went after them next.
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Originally posted by JoliePoufiasse JoliePoufiasse wrote:

Originally posted by Az~Maverick Az~Maverick wrote:

<b style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">"Never again violence against children. May a child never again have to suffer like this. I pray for him continuously. Do not despair," the spokesman quoted the pope as saying.


So all those pedo priest in the church get a pass but the mafia doesn't?


Oh ok.


I don't recall this pope ever saying anything out of line about that, did he? He seems quite different from his predecessors. I wouldn't be surprised if he went after them next.
 


I don't really keep up with the pope, so I don't know. But that should've been the first on his list when he got elected. I mean, if he's really into cleaning up sh*t, start in his own backyard.
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Originally posted by Az~Maverick Az~Maverick wrote:

Originally posted by JoliePoufiasse JoliePoufiasse wrote:

Originally posted by Az~Maverick Az~Maverick wrote:

<b style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">"Never again violence against children. May a child never again have to suffer like this. I pray for him continuously. Do not despair," the spokesman quoted the pope as saying.


So all those pedo priest in the church get a pass but the mafia doesn't?


Oh ok.


I don't recall this pope ever saying anything out of line about that, did he? He seems quite different from his predecessors. I wouldn't be surprised if he went after them next.
 


I don't really keep up with the pope, so I don't know. But that should've been the first on his list when he got elected. I mean, if he's really into cleaning up sh*t, start in his own backyard.


Dude has barely come into office though. And he's already made enemies for criticizing his colleagues' lavish lifestyle. He's given up luxuries of his own to be in sync with his beliefs. Rome wasn't built in one day.

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this pope has been against pedophilia since he's been appointed, he even called out the united states for not firing priests who were sexually abusing kids...i will give him that much. the previous popes turned a blind eye to but francis has been on the hunt for these pedo's and has been taking them out one at a time.

but in regards to the OP, much respect to this guy for taking on the mafia. i wonder if this will influence some of the leaders of these black churches to push against the dope dealers and gangs that plague the same communities their congregations are from?
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^^Not surprised. This pope is bad-ass. The first one I actually respect. You know how these mobsters are in bed with the Vatican and like to go to church and pretend. They won't be looking at him fondly. My mom keeps saying he's gonna get himself killed.
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he' s untouchable, but those archbishops and priests are the ones who will be having their lives on the line. i wonder what's going to happen to them when they start to shut the doors on the mafiosos and stop accepting their money.
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the police, govt and people will turn on them if they harm the pope

They wouldn't use that approach but they may use other strategies. Not sure how much money they give


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