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Got this from Belgian Teletext, but I'm sure there are articles floating about.
The pope is getting pushback from an unexpected corner ... the mafia.
Seems Pope Franky has been condemning priests in southern Italy who entertain amicable relations with the Mafia. But that's not the worst of it. Apparently Franky also wants the Vatican bank to ... erm ... stop laundering Mafia money ... come again  :?
And this is, again apparently, something of a ... common knowledge.  :? :? :?

So, now the Mafia is a bit miffed at Franky and just might do something about it.
Can you imagine the thouroughly Catholic Mafia offing the head of the Catholic church?
That could easily devolve into a massive bloodbath of ... Catholic on Catholic violence. (Hey, methinks this would make for a smashing short story!!! Machinegun preachers duking it out with mobsters  :laugh: )

Did I go a bit ... ellipsis crazy there?
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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2013, 02:14:55 AM »
^

Wasn't that the basic plot of The Godfather Part III?  It's been 15 years or so since I've seen the movie, so I really don't remember.
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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2013, 02:19:28 AM »
Godfather III sucked. I'd tell you but I don't remember, it sucked that bad.

The OP,

That's just funny.

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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2013, 07:09:15 AM »
That could easily devolve into a massive bloodbath of ... Catholic on Catholic violence. (Hey, methinks this would make for a smashing short story!!! Machinegun preachers duking it out with mobsters  :laugh: )

Did I go a bit ... ellipsis crazy there?

Brilliant I can just see the film

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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2013, 07:28:17 AM »
They will just give Francis an offer he can't refuse.
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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2013, 07:37:57 AM »
They will just give Francis an offer he can't refuse.

You mean, like, a new car, right?   ;D

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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2013, 07:42:41 AM »
^^ Bullet-proof no doubt
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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2013, 08:38:24 AM »
^

Wasn't that the basic plot of The Godfather Part III?  It's been 15 years or so since I've seen the movie, so I really don't remember.
I believe it was ;) :laugh:
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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2013, 09:06:57 AM »
Wasn't that the basic plot of The Godfather Part III?  It's been 15 years or so since I've seen the movie, so I really don't remember.
Godfather III sucked. I'd tell you but I don't remember, it sucked that bad.
I believe it was ;) :laugh:
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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2013, 10:02:01 AM »
I have a similar reaction where Highlander is concerned.
There can be only one and that one is Conner MacLeod.
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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2013, 10:32:30 AM »
Did someone say Highlander?  I resemble that remark
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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2013, 02:14:20 PM »
Sarah Palin is slamming the pope now as being to liberal.  So between Palin and the mafia his days are surely numbered.
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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2013, 02:16:13 PM »
Did someone say Highlander?  I resemble that remark
No lie: first time I saw your avatar I seriously considered changing mine to a pic of Clancy Brown for a while.
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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2013, 05:22:40 PM »
Stop it you guys! Seriously! Now I have Pope Franky, Don Corleone and Sarah Palin in my head, squaring off in the colosseum, with katanas ... Beatrix Kiddo might be there too ... and Spartacus. Morricone is providing the soundtrack.
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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2013, 09:32:21 PM »
Stop it you guys! Seriously! Now I have Pope Franky, Don Corleone and Sarah Palin in my head, squaring off in the colosseum, with katanas ... Beatrix Kiddo might be there too ... and Spartacus. Morricone is providing the soundtrack.

Is Sarah Palin in her polar bear hunting outfit? ;) ;D
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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2013, 04:59:16 AM »
LMAO @ the thread title...

I dont even know which side I would cheer for

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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #16 on: November 25, 2013, 02:08:33 AM »
This is CLEARLY a sit back and grab the popcorn kind of event. Cheering is optional ... except when it is for maximum carnage.
It should be televised/livestreamed ... with televoting ... "and the viewers at home have given Pope Franky ... THE CHAINSAW!"
*the crowd goes mad*
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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2013, 10:19:27 AM »
This is CLEARLY a sit back and grab the popcorn kind of event. Cheering is optional ... except when it is for maximum carnage.
It should be televised/livestreamed ... with televoting ... "and the viewers at home have given Pope Franky ... THE CHAINSAW!"
*the crowd goes mad*
Are we doing this Running Man style?
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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #18 on: November 26, 2013, 01:42:42 AM »
Pope Franky: I'll be back
Us: Not even in the afterlife
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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #19 on: November 26, 2013, 04:16:26 PM »
If the mafia doesn't get him, the Teabaggers are going to hire them to put a hit on him anyway:Franky doesn't seem to care much for capitalists

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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #20 on: November 26, 2013, 04:42:59 PM »
^^^Some of the most compassionate and brave folks I have known are catholic nuns (and a few priests) in poor countries who epitomize these sentiments. They are really trying to do the good things that the bible says to do. And they have a uphill battle, even though most people they are fighting against also claim to be Christians...
Extraordinary claims of the bible don't even have ordinary evidence.

Kids aren't paying attention most of the time in science classes so it seems silly to get worked up over ID being taught in schools.

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Re: Nice church you got there, shame if something were to happen to it
« Reply #21 on: November 26, 2013, 06:20:38 PM »
I'm finding myself genuinely liking this guy - he's far from perfect, but all things considered he's a huge improvement. He keeps speaking out on topics that really tweak people though, and I'm not entirely joking when I make cracks about his future well being.

My personal experience with nuns has been largely ... not positive, due to a Catholic elementary school education. But I certainly don't assume that all nuns are like the ones I knew from childhood - I was literally cheering on the "nuns on the bus" and making it a point to mention them whenever their story could be slipped into the conversation. I don't pretend to understand the decision to join a convent (I'm far too hedonistic to be that self-denying), but I can certainly respect anyone who works on behalf of others in need.

I see what look to me like three big disconnects within the RCC - US Catholics vs. Catholics in any other country; RCC leadership and the real world; and use of resources/money/influence. This guy looks like he may be ready to tackle at least two of them, which both cheers me up a bit, and makes me expect to hear of his demise at any moment.
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