Pope Excommunicates Mafiosi
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From the Telegraph:




Mafia 'adore evil' and are 'excommunicated', says Pope Francis
Pope launches strongest papal attack on organised crime since Pope John Paul in 1993 in impromptu comments about southern Italy's 'Ndrangheta crime group
By Reuters
4:56PM BST 21 Jun 2014


Pope Francis has taken on one of Italy’s most dangerous organised crime groups, calling the 'Ndrangheta crime group an example of “the adoration of evil” and saying Mafiosi “are excommunicated”.

The pope, speaking during a mass in the southern Italy, issued the strongest attacks on organised crime since the late Pope John Paul lambasted the Sicilian Mafia in 1993.

“Those who in their lives follow this path of evil, as mafiosi do, are not in communion with God. They are excommunicated,” Pope Francis said in impromptu comments at a mass before tens of thousands of people.

He told the crowd: “This evil must be fought against, it must be pushed aside. We must say no to it.”

He branded the 'Ndrangheta as 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.

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Francis says mafiosi are excommunicated and says that he won't excommunicate the SSPX so we're on the right track.
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Pope Francis finally does something I can admire! :)
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Quote: since Pope John Paul in 1993 in impromptu comments about southern Italy's 'Ndrangheta crime group

i wonder how he did that when he died in 1978, did he time travel/bilocate?

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This is neat.
But anyone knows if mafiosi consider themselves Catholics?
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A good question that arises from this news
http://popinainteasy.blogspot.com/2014/0...a.html?m=1

Quote:But hey, while we're excomming the Mafia, how about going after the Lavender Mafia next?

Even if we take the particular sins out of the equation, the post makes the point that the prelates involved are still worse by the fact that they are priests and bishops.
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(06-22-2014, 10:54 AM)Renatus Frater Wrote: But anyone knows if mafiosi consider themselves Catholics?

In one quote, Pope Francis asked them in quite the fatherly way to "remember their childhood.... and to return to Christ." So while they might not consider themselves Catholic now, I bet they once did. 
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Is the mafia still big in southern Italy? It seems like kind of a random thing to suddenly focus on.
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(06-22-2014, 01:39 PM)Crusading Philologist Wrote: Is the mafia still big in southern Italy? It seems like kind of a random thing to suddenly focus on.

In the Vatican News site it says that a priest and a three year-old died recently due to the mafia, at the city wherein the Pope made these pronouncements.
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(06-22-2014, 10:54 AM)Renatus Frater Wrote: This is neat.
But anyone knows if mafiosi consider themselves Catholics?

Many mafiosi consider themselves deeply religious and victims against a corrupt state.
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