Al Capone’s Catholicism: The Worker in the Vineyard

Posted September 11, 2019 3:44 am by Daniel Demers

Al Capone’s Catholicism: The Worker in the Vineyard

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”
—John 10:10
When Al Capone died in January of 1947 United Press International, in true gangster lingo, reported “Scarface…failed to beat the last big rap.”
Capone had been released from prison for health reasons in 1939, three years short of his eleven-year tax-evasion sentence. He was suffering from syphilis—a disease he had contracted some twenty years earlier. The disease had laid dormant until he was incarcerated in Alcatraz Federal Prison when it started to affect his brain. He was forty-eight when he

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