Francis’s stance on organised crime in contrast with church’s perceived former reluctance to criticise mafia bosses.
Pope Francis has made his strongest attack to date on the mafia, telling organised crime bosses they will end up in hell if they do not “convert” and give up their lives of “bloodstained money [and] blood-stained power”.
In an echo of John Paul II’s appeal to mafia dons to renounce their “culture of death”, the Argentinian urged mafiosi to “stop doing evil” as he held an unprecedented meeting with hundreds of victims’ relatives in Rome.
“I feel that I cannot conclude without saying a word to the protagonists who are absent today – the men and women mafiosi,” he said, quietly but forcefully. “Please change your lives. Convert yourselves. Stop doing evil.”
The meeting in a church near Vatican City was the first time a pontiff had taken part in events tied to a day of commemoration held annually by the anti-mafia organisation, Libera. During a prayer vigil, the names of 842 victims were read aloud.
In his address, Francis made special reference to an attack on Monday in the southern Italian province around the city of Taranto, in which three people – two adults and a toddler – were shot dead in an apparent mafia hit.
Source: The Guardian, UK
If you do not know anything about Roman Catholicism, this massage from the Jesuit-Pope might sound reasonable.
But if you are able to read between the lines, you will understand the full message.
A mafioso can only escape hell by going frequently to confession. And where there is plenty of sins, there will be plenty of sin offerings and penance…..And only the clergy man can issues the size of the “penalties” that the mafia bosses will have to pay, to gain salvation.
The Pope is basically saying: “Hey guy’s. Bring back the cash”.
Do not be fooled, by rather expose the true face of Catholicism.
Written by Ivar