Crime and Court news / Foreign relations / Religion

Pope Francis’ reform of the marriage nullity trials: The possible impact in Italy

Pursuant to the Concordat between Italy and the Holy See, a canonical marriage has also civil effects, and so has a canonical judgment declaring such marriage null. To obtain a judgement of this kind in the ecclesiastical forum is relatively easy, since you only need to prove that, at the moment of the marriage, you … Continue reading

Crime and Court news / Religion

Rome’s embarrassing funerals (or lack thereof)

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 … Continue reading

Foreign relations / Religion / Society

The Concordat between Italy and Holy See and the Gay Prides in Rome

Article 2, paragraph 4 of the Concordat between Italy and the Holy See reads: “The Italian Republic recognizes the particular significance that Rome, as the episcopal seat of the Holy Pontiff, wields for Catholicity”. In the past, this paragraph was cited against the organization of Gay Prides in the Italian capital, leading to a refusal by … Continue reading

Foreign relations / Religion

Are the Pope and his prelates playing good cop, bad cop?

The Vatican secretary of State Pietro Parolin commented the Irish referendum on gay marriage in Apocalyptic tones, labeling it as a “defeat for all mankind”. The Pope, who is considered somehow sympathetic to LGBT rights, remained silent. If Cardinal Parolin’s words had come from another prelate, the press would have presented them as yet another … Continue reading

Economy / Foreign relations

Church, State… and the Milan Expo

Who is more important in Italy? The Prime Minister or the Pope? Because the former likes Expo, the latter does not. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi enthusiastically announced that 10 million tickets have already been sold, a record amount. Instead the Pope, according to the Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano, was irritated by the high sum invested by … Continue reading

Foreign relations / Religion

Pope Francis: Revolution or maquillage?

Just after the rejection of a gay Ambassador designated by France by his Roman Curia, Pope Francis attacked the “gender ideology” labeling it a symptom of “frustration”. This should not be entirely a surprise: the Catholic doctrine on homosexual acts is clear and, being based on dogmatic elaborations, it is unlikely to change. Nor anybody … Continue reading

Foreign relations / History of Italy / Religion

Pope Francis’ condemnation of Armenian genocide embarrasses Italian Government

During a Solemn Mass dedicated to the Armenian “martyrdom”, Pope Francis called the anti-Armenian campaign by the Turkish Authorities at the end of World War II a “genocide” comparable to the Nazi one and to Stalin’s purges in the Soviet Union. The reaction from Ankara was predictably angry, with the Turkish Ambassador to the Holy … Continue reading