$31,402 to go to meet our Challenge Grant, by December 1st. Your gift now will count twice!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Italian bishops' leader rebukes Berlusconi, chides critics

Catholic World News - January 24, 2011

The president of the Italian bishops’ conference has joined in the criticism of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is under investigation for prostitution. But he has has also remarked that Berlusconi’s critics should be wary of the “pitfalls of hypocrisy.”

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa was unsparing in his criticism of the prime minister. "Whoever accepts a public position must understand the sobriety, personal discipline, sense of measure and honor that come with it," he said. Although the cardinal did not mention Berlusconi by name, officials of the Italian bishops’ conference had told reporters that the cardinal would be addressing the scandal surrounding the Italian government leader.

While condemning “conduct that offends public decorum,” the cardinal also called into question the “massive” expenditure of time and energy devoted by political by Berlusconi’s critics to investigating the premier’s relations with women. The country has been pushed “from one extreme to another,” he said, damaging Italy’s public image. Cardinal Bagnasco made his remarks at Ancona, in an address to the administrative council of the Italian bishops’ conference.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($115,011 to go):
$150,000.00 $34,988.98
77% 23%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Putting Our Best Foot Forward 10 hours ago
Contentious Spirits, Beware! October 30
And here's another very old story: the secular media don't understand Catholic affairs October 29
How not to be persuasive October 29
Francis the Man, Francis the Pope October 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6