The God-less-father: Pope Excommunicates All Mobsters From Catholic Church

Tyler Durden's picture

After hundreds of years knowing that no matter how many 'double-taps to the head' or 'sleeping with the fishes' orders they give, a quick penance and the mafia is going to pass through the pearly gates; the Pope, having met the father of a 3-year-old boy slain in the region's drug war, declared that all mobsters are automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church. "Those who go down the evil path, as the Mafiosi do, are not in communion with God. They are excommunicated," Pope Francis decreed during his one-day pilgrimage to the southern region of Calabria - the heart of Italy's biggest crime syndicate. With the world already having a ChairSatan, is it now time for The SatanFather?

 


As CBS reports,

Pope Francis journeyed Saturday to the heart of Italy's biggest crime syndicate, met the father of a 3-year-old boy slain in the region's drug war, and declared that all mobsters are automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church.

 

During his one-day pilgrimage to the southern region of Calabria, Francis comforted the imprisoned father of Nicola Campolongo in the courtyard of a prison in the town of Castrovillari.

 

In January the boy was shot, along with one of his grandfathers and the grandfather's girlfriend, in an attack blamed on drug turf wars in the nearby town of Cassano all'Jonio. The attackers torched the car with all three victims inside.

 

Calabria is the power base of the 'ndrangheta, a global drug trafficking syndicate that enriches itself by extorting businesses and infiltrating public works contracts in underdeveloped Calabria.

 

During his homily at an outdoor Mass, Francis denounced the 'ndrangheta for what he called its "adoration of evil and contempt for the common good."

 

"Those who go down the evil path, as the Mafiosi do, are not in communion with God. They are excommunicated," he warned.

 

As much as the church has been a force against the mafia there have also been instances of priests colluding with them, CBS News correspondent Allen Pizzey reports from Rome. Francis' visit and rhetoric could also be seen as a message that that won't happen again.

The big question, of course, is if there is a 'godthering' clause that enable the Dons access to the after-life? How long before Francis gets an offer he can't refuse?

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zerozulu's picture

Did he said any thing about Obama?

knukles's picture

Nah... that'd be razzizt.
But then again, the Sicilians are considered the UknoWhatters of Italy

flacon's picture

When is he going to sell the Vatican's gold to raise money to feed the poor people the he cares so passionately about? Oh, wait a minute he wants the poor to FEED him? I got it now. 

graneros's picture

Whoa there.  What happened to all that forgiveness that is supposed to be one of the Church's big things?

Pladizow's picture

If one person has an imaginary friend, they're crazy. If a million people have the same imaginary friend, it's a religion.

ZerOhead's picture

Are you trying to tell me that Jews 2,000 to 3,000 years ago couldn't live in the bellies of whales, walk on water or raise the dead?

Because if you are then either YOU are a fool or hundreds of millions of Christians and Jews are.

Just sayin'...

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

All he has to do now is excommunicate all priests, liquidate all the assets of the church and distribute to the poor.

COSMOS's picture

The Rabbis should do the same with the filth on Wall Street.  But I guess the donations are just too tempting.

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

It's all such bullshit mate. 

messystateofaffairs's picture

Nobody can prove to you there is a God and you can't prove to anyone there is no God. So I guess you better just do what makes you happy.

JLee2027's picture

If you want physical proof that matches Biblical accounts, look at the Shroud of Turin. 

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

I visited a Coptic church in Egypt and there was some mould on the wall that looked, supposedly, like Jesus. People were touching it and then touching their babies foreheads. The absolute reverence displayed by these people was bloody fascinating. So there's that irrefutable phyical proof as well although the mould looked more like mould to me than jesus. 

nmewn's picture

Had the same experience with a Gaia princess.

I think she actually believed she could just scrape it off the wall and put it in her moped and drive home. She looked like she was having a real good time so I just left her alone with her thoughts, never knew if she got stranded somewhere, wasn't my problem;-)

So, in your opinion, Jesus walked the earth, yes or no? Now you know of course he did, so, also in your opinion, why did the Roman state (and the Pharisee's) view Him as a threat?

NoDebt's picture

I bet it had something to do with money and power.  And Him being perceived as a threat by people with those things.

nmewn's picture

Yes, mostly power, that comes from people following.

They hate competition ;-)

old naughty's picture

Or, doing work for God (?)...

coz we all have evil within us, no?

Duality !

 

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

Yes. I don't think it's a matter of believing, I would state it as fact. From that salient point the rest would be, must be, fiction and I only say that because there was no way real time recording, scribing of what was happening. This is 2000 years ago. What happened are stories past from one generation to the next until the point in time the bible was begun to be written. There's no point arguing the toss because this is just reality. Why this particluar version of christianity emerged is no different a contemplation as to why did this particlur brand if Islam emerge. It just did. If it wasn't jesus it would have been someone else. all these powers attributed to jesus have been made up, embellished, exaggerated. How can it be any other way because there was no REAL TIME capture of events. We know how fallible humans are in this day and age let alone the horribly uneducated and superstitious people of thousands of years ago. It's bad enough now with all the dopes who watch dancing with the stars while the world is falling apart around them.

I think it was JLee who said it was hypocritical to bag christianity when we (as he claims) have all the benefits of a Judeo-Christian society. This is the type of hubris that only a theist can display. To say that there are no other cultures or societies that are as good as us, societies that had absolutely no notion of the jew or christian or ten commandments. Societies that today would be thriving in their original form if not for the bloody zealot missionaries intent on corrupting them with western values.  

nmewn's picture

"To say that there are no other cultures or societies that are as good as us..."

And "us"...would mean what? State your culture and society. Please ;-)

And it doesn't help anyones understanding of anything or anyone when in REAL TIME one group sets about destroying evidence does it? You should understand this more than most.

Whether at the Temple Mount or thousand year old Buddhas in Afghanistan or destroying manuscripts in Timbuktu or ripping out tiles around a fountain, none of this is going unnoticed today.

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

The west, the US, Canada, Britain, Europe, Australia. Asia nor Africa had any notion of jesus and their civilisations thrived very well thank you very much. Interesting how the morals and ethics were not really any different to those places where the bible was widely distributed. I know there were startk exceptions such as cannabilsm in Papua Newq Guinea but on the whole, give or take the same sorts of tenets arose regarding murder, stealing, incest etc. No bible, no ten commandments. This observation is very inconvenient for those who preach the imperatives of god being the only source of morals.

nmewn's picture

You avoided answering both questions I asked of you, even after you agreed further up the thread that Jesus actually walked the earth.

I only mention this in passing because over the years (I'm 54 now) atheists/agnostics (what have you) have argued passionately that Jesus never existed...only to have to admit later that He, in fact, did.

JLee2027's picture

I'd probably agree with you if I saw it.

So what's your opinion on the Shroud of Turnin? 35 years of scientific research and no one can explain a 3D negative photgraphic image of an entire body made by  unknown, advanced technology with apparently, radiation coming out of the body that formed the image. 

And the Carbon dating was corrected in 2013. It's just the right age. 

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

I don't know. I haven't read enough about it. There would be so many pitfalls with getting reliable information one way or another. I don't know if your claim of 35 years of scientific research is right, I'm not even sure how you could be sure. I would immediately assume it is fake obviously. Believe me JLee, I have an open mind on the whole god thing. If a big face appears in the sky and it can be ascertained it has nothing to do with project blue beam (gawd, I can't even believe I'm saying that) then yeah, I'd say, shoot, they were right all along. Until there is proof that can be verified by more than one of our senses over multiple tests and by multiple people then I am doing what is encumbent on every educated adult and calling bullshit on the entire construct. This is not unreasonable. If we could go back in a time machine and follow jesus around I suspect you would be bitterly disappointed, not necessarily in the direct teachings but the more fanciful claims. 

Despite my strict views on the whole god thing I qualify again and again that I have nothing against the individual such as yourself or any other human being regardless of their belief. We're all bumbling along with nary an idea of the what's, why's and wherefore's and I suspect in the coming decades we will be relying on our fellow humans more than ever regardless of culture, creed or belief. 

fervent in spirit's picture

The shroud of Turin was / is a Romanist hoax. For anyone who reads the Gospel accounts of the burial of Jesus they would understand that it does NOT match the biblical accounts.

There are other secular accounts of the historicity of Jesus that would stand the test of an evidentiary process. One doesn't need to use Romish superstition in place of such.

JLee2027's picture

The shroud of Turin was / is a Romanist hoax. For anyone who reads the Gospel accounts of the burial of Jesus they would understand that it does NOT match the biblical accounts.

Untrue. It matches every account.  

fervent in spirit's picture

Interesting how your post goes up with a green arrow at the same time... Oh well, another miracle I suppose.

Let's check some Gospel accounts:

John 19:39 - Jesus' body was covered with about an hundred pound weight. Analysis of the shroud showed no chemical traces of the spices mentioned.

John 19:40 - the body was tightly wound (as the manner of the Jews was). Not covered with a sheet.

John 19:40 - the Jews' manner was to wash the body.

John 20:7 - Peter found the wrapped burial clothes and the napkin which was around the head wrapped up "by itself". That is, separate from the main burial clothes.

The hoaxes and superstitions of Romanism are almost limitless. The shroud is another in a long list of of them.

JLee2027's picture

There's no excuse for you to mistranslate the Bible like that. Here is the official vatican translation.

 

John 19:39-40

Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about one hundred pounds.

They took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0839/__PXR.HTM

 

Turin forensic physician Baima Bollone (1983) and Middle Eastern archaeologist Eugenia Nitowski (1986) found traces of aloe and myrrh on their Shroud cloth samples

 

Post-resurrection:

John 20:6-7

When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,

and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.

 

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0839/__PXS.HTM

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

You guys are arguing about something written decades and decades after the fact. Nothing is right. It's made up, the result of story telling. Do you perceive the scribes were reasearching existing texts in some grand library with micro-fiche. They had no such luxury. They msut have sat down from scratch, with nothing and started writing. How can any of it conceivably be fact. 

Oh right - the angels told them what to write.

JLee2027's picture

 It's made up, the result of story telling

Asteriod, by your own admission you haven't done the research to arrive at that conclusion. You've just chosen not to believe it. Thus, I would ask you to stay out of the debate.

FeralSerf's picture

The Shroud of Turin also matches the accounts of the torture of Jacques de Molay by Phillip IV's henchmen. It was carbon dated to that time, (14th Century).

It is alleged that de Molay's death gave rise to the (alleged) unluckiness of Friday the 13th too.

JLee2027's picture

The 1988 Carbon dating has been debunked. It was re-dated in 2013 with the expected correct results.

FeralSerf's picture

Somebody clearly didn't like the previous results. So it was "redated" in 2013 with the "expected correct" results.

Who do you suppose "expected" those results to be "correct"?

'Who controls the past,' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.' -- George Orwell 1984

http://www.csicop.org/specialarticles/show/claims_of_invalid_ldquoshroud...

JLee2027's picture

""Somebody"" was one of the original scientists who debunked his own result.

FeralSerf's picture

Did his owner take him in the back room and give him the what-for, an or-else and a new script?

Some "scientists" can be influenced to provide quite unscientific opinions. Global warming, aka climate change, and LENR, aka cold fusion, are excellent examples of this phenomenon.

JLee2027's picture

Do your own research. I'm not here to discuss something that obviously won't ever convince you.

FeralSerf's picture

If you're "not here to discuss something that obviously won't ever convince you", why are you here discussing it? That's illogical just like all your other superstitious, nonsensical religious bullshit.

FeralSerf's picture

If you want a logical proof, check out Spinoza.

ZerOhead's picture

They are reserving what little they have left for Tony Blair and Adolf Hitler...

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2009/aug/28/blair-conversion-catholi...

Boxed Merlot's picture

When is he going to sell the Vatican's gold...?...

 

The proper use of gold whether it be in the economy at large, as deposits to be borrowed against and / or saved / lent / bought / sold for the sake of religous purposes continues to plague the mind of mankind.  Jesus came down hard on the Jewish leaders of his day for their love of the metal and the "swearing" of oathes having more meaning and thereby enforcemnet than oathes taken on the temple itself.

His admonition was the temple, i.e. the rule of law, was far more imprortant than the metal stored in the structure used to "sanctify" the gifts contained therein.

It seems gold's value is in the fact it can stand the use as currency without wearing out and it's stockpiling in reserves, whether in a house of worship, bank vault, sea bed or hole in the ground was to be frowned upon.

The fact of the "Vatican's gold" being "sold" will only account for a temporary absence as it continues in circulation and inevitably returns as it's placed in "circulation".  This is why though the amount of above ground gold in existence pales in comparison to the amount of currency in existence, it can still function quite adequately as currency as it's the exchange velocity that's important.

Just because the average human heart pumps ~1900 gallons of blood in a day doesn't mean we need more than ~5-6 quarts in the body to accomplish the feat.

 

jmo.

Christophe2's picture

Wow.  Talk about not getting the point.

As a person who likes to talk as if he cares about all the people, especially children, dying from all sorts of preventable causes, the pope might bother to spend some of that vast wealth to make a difference.

And like J said, if you teach a man to fish, you've helped him far more than just giving him fish, so how about using that vast wealth to fund projects like REAL alternative energy projects, or sustainable eco farming, or countless other awesome things any decent trillionaire would spend some of their coin on, surely...

Da Yooper's picture

Vinny the nose will not be happy