Sicilian Archbishop Banned the Mafia from Becoming Godfathers

In the movie The Godfather, Don Vito Corleone said that "A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man."

But recently, an archbishop in Sicily has given the real world mafia an unmistakeable "Sicilian message" by banning them from becoming real godfathers and participating in baptisms.

"The mafia has always taken the term godfather from the Church to give its bosses an air of religious respectability," Archbishop Michele Pennisi said as reported by the BBC, "Whereas in fact, the two worlds are completely incompatible."

Pennisi, a vocal anti-mafia critic, decreed that anyone convicted of "dishonorable crimes" is banned from acting as a godparent.


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