Pope Francis has told the wise guys to take a hike but the Mafia continues to practice a bastardized version of the Catholic faith in southern Italy with enabling priests who take their blood money as reported by Hashem Said for Al Jazeera:
"Usually it derives from [the priests] wanting to live a quiet life, to let sleeping dogs lie, because many Mafiosi are benefactors to the local church," said Father Michele Pennisi, bishop of Monreale. "Benefactors, above all, when they sponsor religious festivals. And often because the Mafia has power over a city, it can be convenient."
John Dickie explores the historic ties between the mob and the church which provides legitimate cover for organized crime on Al Jazeera's "America Presents" on September 20 at 10 pm.
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