We in the west owe a lot to the Treaty of Westphalia back in 1648. It gave the world the concept of the ‘sovereignty of the nation state’, granting states identity independent of the church. That thinking has become part of modern reality for most countries – except Italy. Why?
Coiled in the heart of Rome lies the Vatican, also an independent state. But precisely because Italy is host to the Papacy, it has never achieved true independence as a country. Hence the constant instability of its ‘revolving door’ governments. The Vatican plays with Italy like a puppet, a cat with a captive mouse. Its doctrinal grip on the hearts and minds of Italy is suffocating.
For instance, it was two pro-Vatican conservative MPs who brought down Prodi’s government recently. Prodi’s "sin"? Attempting to bring in a law to legalise civil unions – including same sex marriage. Media reports, of course, immediately focused attention and cameras on two Communist no-votes, pinning blame on them for voting against keeping troops in Iraq. But in reality, that had long been expected - it was those two unexpected pro-Vatican abstentions which sank Prodi’s government, not the foreign policy issue.
Click to read more detail about Italy’s latest parliamentary crisis.Church attendances have been plummeting lately, so there are many under-employed clergy looking for things to bless, save, convert etc. This pooch is clearly unimpressed.
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Prime Minister Prodi might have to consider installing roadsigns like this on the streets of Rome approaching the Vatican.
"My shout", saith Benedict with unholy glee.
These gentle ladies manage to adopt a more persuasive argument whenever there's heretical legislation to be voted down. Once they've done their electoral duty, the nuns can take solace in the Vatican's contemplative Teargarden with some scones and tea. Or pasta. Whatever. Then it's off to Confession and Bingo.
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