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Italian, Vatican leaders decry European court ruling against classroom crucifix

November 04, 2009

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has denounced the ruling of the Europena Court of Human Rights that display of a crucifix in school classrooms is a violation of students' rights. Proclaiming the court's judgment "unacceptable," Berlusconi said that it was "one of those decisions that often make us doubt Europe's good sense." He said the Italian government will appeal the ruling.

The director of the Vatican press office, Father Federico Lombardi, offered a milder reaction, saying that the court's ruling was "sad" and lamenting that the European court "is intervening so heavily in a matter that is deeply tied to the historic, cultural and spiritual identity of the Italian people.” Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, remarked: "This Europe of the 3rd millennium only leaves us with Halloween pumpkins and takes away our dearest symbols."


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  • Posted by: New Sister - Nov. 05, 2009 11:34 AM ET USA

    It's depressing to see the Vatican Sec State out-done by PM Berlusconi on denouncing this attack on Christendom.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Nov. 04, 2009 11:20 PM ET USA

    "Italian, Vatican leaders decry European court ruling against classroom crucifix" We have truly become passive... No actions....,just words.... Benedict has his "United Europe..." I hope he is enjoying it...