Funerals are becoming a nightmare for the Vicariate of Rome, the division of the Catholic Church in charge of the city of Rome under the supervision of the Bishop of Rome, id est the Pope.
The Italian and international press are giving extensive coverage to the lavish funeral of Vittorio Casamonica, a boss of the local organized crime who was praised by the mourners for “conquering Rome as well as the heavens”.
However, this is just the last episode of a series of embarrassing events.
In 2013, the Vicariate forbade the funeral of former SS Erich Priebke, who in 1944 had taken part to the infamous Fosse Ardeatine massacre in Rome. However, the funeral was reportedly celebrated anyway by the ultra-conservative Society of St. Pius X.
In 2006, the Vicariate also forbade the funeral of Piergiorgio Welby, a men affected by dystrophy who had obtained by the secular Authorities to be left to die. Ironically, Mr Casamonica’s funeral was celebrated in very same church which had been requested by Mr Welby’s family.