Mafia critics are wondering if the Catholic funeral mass for Vito Rizzuto on Dec. 30 was appropriate, given the way the late Mafia boss made his living.
They say the Church is sending the wrong message by presiding over funerals of known criminals and think should refuse to perform them.
But others don't think it's the Church's position to judge others.
They say only God can pass judgment after a person's death.
Retired priest and former CJAD host Father John Walsh says the Church has to hold out hope that no one is irredeemable.
"These people are not doing good for society and we have to condemn what they're doing, and yet on the other hand as a Catholic I have to say that [Rizzuto] is still a child of God and hope for conversion of his heart somewhere along the line," he says.
Other jurisdictions aren't so forgiving.
A bishop in Sicily, the Mafia's birthplace, said last summer that being a Christian and having Mafia links are incompatible.