Pope Francis excommunicates the mafia

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ROME, ITALY –  It looks like Michael Corleone had it right when he said he was beyond redemption.  Pope Francis agrees.  In what might be his boldest move yet, his Holiness excommunicated the mafia from the Catholic Church during an outdoor mass in southern Italy.

His comments came shortly after visiting the relatives of a 3-year-old boy and his grandfather, both victims of a mob hit earlier this year.

In the movies, dons and mafia family members are often portrayed as religious men in good standing with the Catholic Church.  Apparently that is not fiction; members of the mafia are known for trying to use their standing in the church to acquire local street cred.

But that illusion is no more.  The Pope denounced the local mafia as an example of “the adoration of evil and contempt for the common good.”

What will mobsters do now that they can’t give confession anymore?  Well if you just can’t live with a guilty conscience, law enforcement is willing to take your confession on the witness stand anytime you like