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Would the Mafia ever order a hit on Pope Francis?
The Week ^ | 6/23/2014 | Peter Weber

Posted on 06/24/2014 1:13:36 PM PDT by mojito

Pope Francis has declared a sort of holy war on the Mafia. And it's not unreasonable to believe that the Mafia may fight back.

On Saturday, the pope traveled to Calabria, the heartland of one of Italy's biggest organized crime enterprises, the 'Ndrangheta, and, in front of a crowd of more than 100,000, blasted the 'Ndrangheta as example of "the adoration of evil and contempt of the common good." Then he dropped the hammer:

Those who in their lives follow this path of evil, as mafiosi do, are not in communion with God. They are excommunicated. [Pope Francis]

This is a big deal. Southern Italy's mobsters are a pietistic bunch — an overwhelming majority are active Catholics, and religious celebration is an important part of their public image and local legitimacy.

"During the making of a recent documentary for Italian television, I visited many of the fortified bunkers that 'Ndrangheta bosses have built in case they need to go to ground," Mafia researcher John Dickie told CNN last November. "Not one was without its crucifixes, its statuettes of saints, its paintings of the Virgin Mary.... Religion offers the Mafias a way to bind their organizations together, and gives them the feeling that they are extorting and killing in the name of a cause more noble than their own greed."

When Dickie was writing that, a prominent anti-Mafia prosecutor, Nicola Gratteri, had just told an Italian newspaper that the 'Ndrangheta was "getting very nervous" about the pope's push for financial transparency at the Vatican Bank, and "will seriously consider" taking him out. That was for potentially damaging changes to Mafia money laundering operations — it was business. Excommunication — barring the mobsters from membership and participation in the church — is personal.

(Excerpt) Read more at theweek.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: italy; mafia; popefrancis; vatican
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1 posted on 06/24/2014 1:13:36 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

doubtful


2 posted on 06/24/2014 1:14:54 PM PDT by brivette
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To: mojito

I have to admit it takes some might big brass ones to do declare them all excommunicate


3 posted on 06/24/2014 1:15:17 PM PDT by Mr. K (Palin/Cruz 2016)
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To: mojito

No, they would first target his friends and family memebers...


4 posted on 06/24/2014 1:15:26 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: mojito

If they do, they’re idiots. Some men are more dangerous dead than alive.


5 posted on 06/24/2014 1:16:15 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: mojito

I saw Godfather III. Pope hits are a convenient sub-plot.


6 posted on 06/24/2014 1:16:28 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: mojito

Probably not. Too much to lose and not much to gain.


7 posted on 06/24/2014 1:16:49 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: mojito

Who knows? he is not from Sicily...


8 posted on 06/24/2014 1:17:54 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: mojito

“Fat”Clemenza?Very Good!I think The “Dons”would have NO problem taking out”Francis”!After all,he isn’t a”GoomBah”!!


9 posted on 06/24/2014 1:18:35 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: BigEdLB
he is not from Sicily...

I think they might, but not in a bang bang shoot 'em up way. More like the Holy Father might have some sort of tragic accident, or take the wrong pill for his heart condition.

10 posted on 06/24/2014 1:20:40 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: mojito
If there is a "hit" on Pope Francis, the backlash against the Mafia will be GIGANTIC in our modern world.
11 posted on 06/24/2014 1:20:50 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: bandleader

Actually, he is from an Italian immigrant family in Argentina, IIRC.


12 posted on 06/24/2014 1:21:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: mojito

It is said that they killed JFK


13 posted on 06/24/2014 1:21:34 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: bandleader

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHzh0PvMWTI


14 posted on 06/24/2014 1:22:15 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: mojito

I read that Mussolini broke the power of the mafia for a generation or so.

He simply went down there and killed them all.


15 posted on 06/24/2014 1:22:21 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: mojito

Yes..................


16 posted on 06/24/2014 1:23:14 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,740 threads and 84,814 replies.)
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To: yarddog

That’s a really good solution..............


17 posted on 06/24/2014 1:23:47 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,740 threads and 84,814 replies.)
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To: mojito

The Mafia has no central authority. It’s feasible someone would do it.


18 posted on 06/24/2014 1:24:11 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: mojito

Hmm. Abortion has killed more people than the Mafia and I haven’t seen him excommunicate the Kennedys, Pelosi, etc yet.


19 posted on 06/24/2014 1:47:11 PM PDT by ZULU (Impeach Obama NOW.)
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To: mountainlion
It is said that they killed JFK

Only US Democrats believe that JFK is next in line to god.(FDR)

20 posted on 06/24/2014 1:49:31 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ( "For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know")
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To: mojito

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i96VS_z8y7g

Sometimes Mafia justice is a little more...........
pragmatic?


21 posted on 06/24/2014 1:52:51 PM PDT by ZULU (Impeach Obama NOW.)
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To: mojito

As Bugsy Siegel said “we only kill each other....”

Mob, at least American faction, has rule against killing
cops, judges, civilians as doing so generates lot of heat
on the mob


22 posted on 06/24/2014 1:53:54 PM PDT by njslim (T)
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To: mojito

Yes, given an excuse they would. They hate Christ.


23 posted on 06/24/2014 2:13:55 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Mr. K
I have to admit it takes some might big brass ones to do declare them all excommunicate

Now, if he could/would do the same for Pelosi and her ilk.

24 posted on 06/24/2014 2:37:10 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. 1 Cor 16: 32)
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To: mojito

It would be a possibility. Neither priests nor, if I recall correctly, bishops have been off-limits to them. But whereas with those other two categories, it can remain a local or country-wide outrage, they’d have to deal with a worldwide outrage.


25 posted on 06/24/2014 3:21:04 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: Graybeard58

The pope didn’t actually name names, did he?

My sense of it is that most mafia have legitimate businesses serving as fronts.


26 posted on 06/24/2014 6:21:36 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: mojito

More importantly, would the robot mafia put a hit out on the Space Pope?


27 posted on 06/25/2014 4:32:26 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Surf music is the naked truth)
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