Active RNS subscribers and members can view this content at the RNS Archives website.

ROME (RNS) Now that the pope has signaled he wants to challenge Italy’s organized crime groups, an Italian archbishop is suggesting a 10-year moratorium on naming godfathers at baptisms.

Categories: Beliefs

Beliefs: ,

Tags: , ,

Josephine McKenna

Josephine McKenna

Josephine McKenna has more than 30 years' experience in print, broadcast and interactive media. Based in Rome since 2007, she covered the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and election of Pope Francis and canonizations of their predecessors. Now she covers all things Vatican for RNS.


  1. At least his organization is trying to stop if corruption. The secular us government we are all supposed to be proud of and follow blindly other hand……

    Not so much.

  2. Any religion founded on this nonsense is doomed to corruption:

    “eat of my body” and “Be baptized and believe” or “Be condemned to Hell” (John 6:53-54)(Mark 16:16).

    Jesus was the first Mafia Godfather!
    He gave us an offer we couldn’t refuse.

  3. So much for the seriousness with which many, many people relate to religion. It’s in no way limited to Italy or Sicily. It is nothing but a convenient and corrupt bit of culture that is exploited in all kinds of ways, for all kinds of purposes that have have absolutely nothing to do with “faith, hope, and charity,”–or honesty. Absolutely nothing to do with the story or precepts of Jesus.

    • @Gilhcan,

      “Absolutely nothing to do with the story or precepts of Jesus.”

      Oh, I would disagree with that statement.
      Jesus is all about threats and executions.

      He was the first Godfather. Not a joke.
      “Believe in me or else” – Jesus