ROME — Over the last several years, the
has largely looked the other way as reports emerged of sex and
corruption scandals among the country’s political elite, many of them
centered on Prime Minister .
But a recent published account of a party at Mr. Berlusconi’s home,
where one female guest was said to have performed a striptease dressed
as a nun, might have been more than the church could stand.
This week the church lashed out, issuing its strongest reprimands yet of
Italy’s ruling class, deploring “behavior that not only goes counter to
public decorum but is intrinsically sad and hollow.”
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