Pope Francis excommunicates Italian mobsters

June 30, 2014 5:29 pm  |  Comments: 6  | Views: 5573

(CNN) – Using his strongest language to date, Pope Francis told Italian Mafia members Saturday that they are excommunicated from the Catholic Church.

“Those who in their life have gone along the evil ways, as in the case of the Mafia, they are not with God, they are excommunicated,” Francis said. It is the first time a Pope has spoken of excommunication for the Mafia.

Excommunication, which excludes Catholics from the church, can be imposed by church authorities or incurred automatically for certain grave offenses. The Pope’s remarks will resonate strongly in this part of southern Italy, where the Mafia attempt to portray themselves as upstanding religious men in good rapport with the Catholic Church, in order to maintain local credibility.

During a one-day visit to Calabria, in southern Italy, the Pope denounced the local mafia, called ‘Ndrangheta, as an example of “the adoration of evil and contempt for the common good. According to reports, ‘Ndrangheta is one of the wealthiest international crime organizations, with an annual turnover of 53 billion euros, much of it from the global cocaine trade.

Calabria also suffers from 56% youth unemployment, which the Mafia exploits with promises of jobs for disillusioned young people.

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  • Svetlana says:

    Oh thanks, Bill, like I have a siotuoln to ecclesiology? Were that so, I’d also have the unified field theory of physics in my pocket too!All of us, here at PTB, CMAA, NLM and even RCaeli or whatever acronymns we spout our intensities need to realize we play for the same team ultimately, and must subsume our inclinations to dwell in symptoms rather than siotuolns to the root ailments. Yes, at first blush that’s Pollyanna naivete. But e’en that, followed by through Christ our Lord puts the Enemy at bay.My personal hero priest, an infirm OSB finishing his journey in solitude with nurses in residence in Tucson, taught me this most invaluable lesson in homiletics, he a devotee of Fulton Sheen: the finest preaching is that which is intended for oneself. His mother used to bust his chops for coming off in the pulpit as a faux Sheen. But the maxim is true.As our phantom conscience, KLS, has systematically reminded us, the echo chamber of cyberfame and the great echo chambers can effect a change, or magnify our flaws, in our basic raison d’etres. It pains me to observe that at some point our good (I mean GOOD) friend Allan started mingling his Q factor with his convictions and the good rationale was amended on the fly with his rising following and the lamentable joke about being a Pre-Cog clairvoyant, which then became a free-standing tenet and foil for many premises advanced here and at SO.But none of that means his mission, work and intent has gone south of Macon. It seems to me that the exchanges between the blogs is like an existential poker game, everyone pretending that by bluffing, calling, raising stakes, challenging character and dignity (so repugnant) and all that we play here actually is real. Whose face is on the coins we wager? Either our own or some other Caesar’s, but not His.We are losing face, ironically, in the world stage. We are not holding center. We are not founded in humility and grace among our own baptized and confirmed. And our follies here, and at both NCR’s and elsewhere only add to our chaos.So, you ask me, what is our siotuoln? We (I) must start by always pressing stop on the narrative in my mind about what is correct, what isn’t, what is intellectually infallible, and what is a fool’s wisdom, and listen to each other. And I am the worst offender in that realm of sin.It seems to me that all of us, in all camps arguing hot air in the western, unexiled and unpersecuted Church of the West, have taken our cues from Herod Antipas, and will demand the head of whatever truth teller annoys us if there’s just the slightest of carnal satisfaction and an ant hill’s triumph.We who claim Christ’s mandate to love God totally, and then the fellow next to us as if s/he were Christ, must re-discipline ourselves to that maxim 24/7, particularly here on the web, which ain’t called the web for nothing.No one here is the Enemy. And moreso, no one here is gifted with any more dignity and hope of redemption than any other. And we must swallow that, digest it, become it and exemplify it here, there and everywhere.Communion, I suppose, is what we call it.

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