Italian archbishop calls for 10-year ban on godparents to stop Mafia infiltration

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Archbishop Giuseppe Fiorini Morosini proposed banning the naming of godparents for 10 years to halt the spread of the Mafia’s influence.

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Archbishop Giuseppe Fiorini Morosini proposed banning the naming of godparents for 10 years to halt the spread of the Mafia’s influence.

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ROME (RNS) Now that the pope has signaled he wants to challenge Italy’s organized crime groups, an Italian archbishop is suggesting a 10-year moratorium on naming godfathers at baptisms.

  • Lles Nats

    At least his organization is trying to stop if corruption. The secular us government we are all supposed to be proud of and follow blindly other hand……

    Not so much.

  • Atheist Max

    Any religion founded on this nonsense is doomed to corruption:

    “eat of my body” and “Be baptized and believe” or “Be condemned to Hell” (John 6:53-54)(Mark 16:16).

    Jesus was the first Mafia Godfather!
    He gave us an offer we couldn’t refuse.

  • tmartin3333@yahoo.com

    You obviously refused it!

  • Atheist Max

    Yes, I did refuse.
    The offer was so repulsive
    It proved to not be credible.

  • gilhcan

    So much for the seriousness with which many, many people relate to religion. It’s in no way limited to Italy or Sicily. It is nothing but a convenient and corrupt bit of culture that is exploited in all kinds of ways, for all kinds of purposes that have have absolutely nothing to do with “faith, hope, and charity,”–or honesty. Absolutely nothing to do with the story or precepts of Jesus.

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  • Atheist Max

    @Gilhcan,

    “Absolutely nothing to do with the story or precepts of Jesus.”

    Oh, I would disagree with that statement.
    Jesus is all about threats and executions.

    He was the first Godfather. Not a joke.
    “Believe in me or else” – Jesus

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