Berlusconi used to be friends with at least sections of the Roman Catholic church. That also does not seem to be like in the old days.
From Italian news agency ANSA:
Berlusconi paper vs Church editor
Bishops paper chief Boffo accused of hypocrisy
Rome, August 28 – A daily [Il Giornale] owned by the family of Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi on Friday accused the editor [Dino Boffo] of the Italian bishops daily [Avvenire] of hypocrisy in criticising the premier’s allegedly immoral lifestyle. …
Boffo, 57, who has penned editorials on the premier’s friendship with a teenage girl and a prostitute’s claims she slept with him, condemned the attack as ”barbaric”. He claimed he had been the ”first victim” in the phone-call affair.
The Italian bishops association (CEI) issued a statement confirming ”full confidence” in Boffo and praised him for editing Avvenire with ”indisputable professional ability, balance and prudence”. …
But Catholic weekly Famiglia Cristiana, sold in churches every Sunday, has gone further than Avvenire, saying the premier had ”overstepped the bounds of decency” with his ”indefensible” behaviour.
MEDIA STORM KICKED OFF WITH TEEN IN MAY
The premier has been at the centre of a media storm that began in May with a public divorce spat with his wife Veronica Lario and allegations of links with a teenage girl – Noemi Letizia – which surfaced after Lario accused him of ”consorting with minors”.
At the time, L’Avvenire published a front-page editorial calling for ”a premier who, with sobriety, is able to be the mirror of his country’s soul”.
After more recent allegations from escort girl Patrizia D’Addario who said she spent a night with the premier at his official residence in Rome, Avvenire voiced a sense of ”malaise,” ”desolation” and ”suffering” and ran a series of readers’ letters voicing their concern over Berlusconi’s alleged behaviour.
In his most recent editorial, Boffo accused Berlusconi of ”embarrassing much of the country”.
PREMIER SKIPS ‘REPENTANCE’ MASS, SUES FOR DAMAGES
The Il Giornale attack came on the same day he cancelled a much-anticipated attendance at a high-profile Catholic ‘repentance’ Mass.
The newspaper’s blast also followed Thursday night’s news that the premier was suing left-leaning daily La Repubblica for one million euros in damages over questions it has been posing daily on Letizia and D’Addario and a separate article suggesting the premier might be open to blackmail.
See also here.
- Berlusconi sentenced to four years in prison (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Silvio Berlusconi four-year sentence quickly cut to one year (telegraph.co.uk)
- Italy Court Convicts Berlusconi of Tax Evasion (world.time.com)