I'm cynically amused at the latest news concerning the Mafia in Italy.
The Vatican is looking to develop a new doctrine that calls for excommunicating Catholics for mafia association and corruption.
That's the decision reached this week after the Vatican hosted its first-ever conference on fighting corruption and organized crime.
There's more at the link.
The Mafia has been going strong in Italy for a couple of centuries, despite active opposition from official, legal and Church circles. If that had no effect on its bosses over such a long period of time, what makes the Vatican think that excommunication will produce better results?
There's also the little point that, while priests who perpetrated sexual abuse on children have been defrocked in many (but not all) cases, the administrators and Bishops who appointed them, and in many cases simply transferred them instead of disciplining them, mostly got off scot-free, despite being accessories to the crime of child abuse, often both before and after the fact. So much for the Church's moral authority. It no longer exists for many people . . . so what makes the Church think that mafiosi, many of whom are far more corrupt and evil than the average child molester, will think twice about defying its latest edicts?
No. Like the much-touted measures against child abuse enacted by the US Catholic bishops, this is pious window-dressing, nothing more. It will achieve nothing, except to let befuddled Church bureaucrats congratulate themselves that they've "done something". Same old, same old.