In Sicily, the Archbishop forbade the mob bosses to become godfathers
The Archbishop of the Sicilian town of Monreale, Michele Pennisi banned the famous mafia to participate in baptism and become godfathers in the churches of his diocese. About it reports The Guardian.
The Archbishop issued a decree to counter the view that the mafia bosses have paternalistic features.
“The mafia has always used the Church the concept of a godfather to give his chiefs religious authority, in reality, these two worlds are completely incompatible,” said Pennisi.
The Archdiocese of Pennisi includes the village of Corleone, the birthplace of don Corleone is a fictional character of the movie Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo books, the newspaper notes.
In February, the Archbishop criticized a priest who led one of the most famous Sicilian mafia Toto Riina to act as godfather at the baptism.