Organized Crime and the Catholic Church Essay by writingsensation

Organized Crime and the Catholic Church
This paper analyzes the link between the Catholic Church and organized crime, as depicted in Francis Ford Coppola's film "Godfather III," as well as in real life.
# 68323 | 2,646 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2006 | US

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This paper examines how actual events surrounding the Vatican gave director Francis Ford Coppola the creative license to fictionalize a series of conspiracy theories involving the mafia and the church. This paper explores and details the events of the Roberto Calvi case. Calvi's case, of an Italian businessman and banker, who was involved with the Vatican, was found hanged in 1982, is similar to one of the sub-plots in Coppola's film. The writer presents published material which suggests Calvi may have been killed, in order to stop him from revealing certain secrets about Italy's political and religious establishments. This paper also discusses other events from the film, which were played out in real life, including one involving the death of Pope John Paul I.

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"The book contains a photo of the Pope taken reportedly three hours before his death, speaking "jovially" with a Cardinal, not looking like a man about to succumb. The official Vatican reason given for his death was a "possible myocardial infarction," according to press accounts of the Vatican announcement of Pope John Paul I's death. "Possible" myocardial infarction? And why, interestingly, was there no autopsy? These are all issues and questions that obviously played into Coppola's hands as he set out to produce the third in the Godfather trilogy.
The Pope was about to investigate the banking scandal, when he died on September 29, 1978. He was found by Sister Vincenza, at about 4:45 a.m., and according to Yallop's book. She was allegedly "forced to keep silent by the Secretariat of State, Cardinal Villot, who imposed a vow of silence upon her to cover up the whole affair," the reviewer continued."

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