Skip to comments.Church Funerals For Mobsters Just Not Right
Posted on 11/27/2010 7:50:18 AM PST by AtlasStalled
Earlier this month slain Montreal Mafia patriarch Nicolo Rizzuto was afforded a proper Catholic burial which has raised some eyebrows as reported by John Longhurst for the Winnipeg Free Press: "I know the church is supposed to be a hospital for sinners, not a rest home for the saints. And, like a family home, it's a place that has to take you in when you've got no place left to go. But still, it seemed wrong for Rizzuto's funeral to be held in a chuch. How could someone who was involved in murder, drug trafficking and other crimes be given a proper religious send-off?" Longhurst points out that not all mobsters have received their sendoff to the great hereafter with a sacred blessing, and among those previously denied a church funeral were John Gotti, Paul Castellano, Carmine Galante and Frank DeCicco. Of course, everyone knows that things are done differently in Quebec where the Montreal Mafia and dirty politicians have reigned for decades as reported by Andrew Chung for The Star: "Quebec has been beset by revelation after revelation of corruption and ethical malpractice, involving biker gangs, the mafia and most ubiquitously the construction industry. The miasma has found its ways into city halls, union boardrooms, and even the premier's office." And now even the Catholic Church can be added to the fallen institutions in Montreal which cannot be trusted by the public in light of its inexplicable decision to provide an incorrigible degenerate mob boss like Nicolo Rizzuto a sacred resting place. The Church has done nothing more than continue the secular legitimization of the Devil's chosen. The Mafia long has bastardized Catholicism but to quote Bob Dylan from his song Masters of War: "even Jesus would never forgive what you do."
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Consider Italy, the mob capitol of the world.
“How could someone who was involved in murder, drug trafficking and other crimes be given a proper religious send-off?”
The price was right?
I’m not defending this practice, but the truth is that I have less problem with the Catholic church burying dead mafiosos who murdered their enemies than I do with it failing to excommunicate live politicians who support killing our unborn babies.
The guy is DEAD. The funeral is for the living. If a single person sins less or a young person changes the direction in his life for the better as a result of attending the funeral it is worth it.
As far as quoting Bob Dylan; who gives a rats behind what Bob Dylan thinks?
>>The guy is DEAD. The funeral is for the living. If a single person sins less or a young person changes the direction in his life for the better as a result of attending the funeral it is worth it.<<
Same reason communion was given to a non-Catholic, Senator John Kerry of Nebraska (google it) and those who believe in abortion (name any Kennedy).
I’ll have my people get with your people.
A large donation will absolve you of all sins when it comes to the mob. It cost me $800.00 to have an annulment and I didn’t belong to a mob. When my time comes just plant me in a Veteran’s cemetery with the rest of the guys. As I told my family, I don’t need a big funeral, just box me, plant me and go on with your lives.
My understanding is that major Mob funerals are always attended by plenty of FBI field agents, Mounties, etc.and there's a chance an honest guy is there.
The precedent was established when the Church was selling indulgences....:-(
I wonder what the author thinks about “indulgences”.
But you see, these are CATHOLIC mobsters and thugs and that’s what really matters.
This is a mockery.
Yes, funerals are for the living but that doesn't mean these funerals are appropriate. As a matter of fact, it tells the living that it doesn't matter how you live, God is going to forgive everything (and he could if there is repentance) but these folks probably have no intention of repenting and those in attendance will probably continue on with the lawless lifestyle.
I believe to give these folks these kinds of funerals sends the wrong message.
I agree with that, but since the Church has been taking donations from the mob for over a century, they make a mockery of themselves.
Besides, isn't it better to put their bodies away than leave them lying about the streets?
Not to disagree with you on the issue, but the Senator from Nebraska was Bob Kerrey, and John Kerry is the current Senator from Taxachusetts (and unrepentant and unprosecuted traitor from the Vietnam War era).
My church buried a Democrat and I do not see how you can be a Christian and a Democrat but..............
Their premise is the same. They are both intercessionary. They are both protective. They both supply basic human needs. One is quick to forgive. The other never forgets and is quick to punish. They do not encroach upon one another's territory, yet are perfectly happy to share the customer base, just as they share theology.
Good people need worry about neither the one, nor the other. But, who is good? The Original Sin touches us all. And, we all belong to one of the million Mafia's out there.
It is ROMAN Catholicism, not the bland Wee Kirk 'o' The Heather in Peoria. This is the way the Roman Empire worked ... every man a client ... and a protector of his own clients.
You want to see a Mafia? Look at BHO, Jr.'s White House. Problem with them is they have no good mirror image.
Grandpa Nick could have been laid to rest in any one of a thousand country churchyards in Quebec after mass at the simple Church there for family only.
Tough theology. Christ died for the sins of the Mafia, too
Speaking of feeble-minded, Law Enforcement tends to concentrate on the intellectually challenged "goombas," whose quaint victorian and medieval customs have become caricatures. Easy targets! Meanwhile the Russian, Colombians, Albanians, and Chinese run cyber rings around them. .
Look, a funeral should usually be “a celebration of life”, but it can also be “a celebration of death”, and the loss of yet another Mafioso is certainly worth celebrating!
If that is all it is, then let them hold it somewhere other than a church. How about a football stadium?
They'd drifted away from the Catholic church so he was set up in a private funeral home.
I was checking the visitor's book to see who'd attended ~ and there were no names there ~ not even his son ~ nor his grandchildren ~ nor his cousins.
Yet, people attended the funeral.
Wouldn't have made any difference at all if that quite typical funeral had been held in a Cathedral. No one signs the book.
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