The Vatican Takes on Berlusconi

The Vatican Takes on Berlusconi

Silently and cautiously, the Vatican is trying to distance itself from Silvio Berlusconi. It won't be easy. For more than 15 years, the current Italian prime minister was an inevitable partner of the Catholic church: the leader of a strong parliamentary majority, and a public defender of moral values, although his private behaviour has been, to put it fairly, a contradictory one. But now that the economic crisis is biting Italian society, the Holy See is trying to look elsewhere to find new politicians – and to show that its ties with Berlusconi are not as strong as many observers have supposed.

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