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Prodi government falls

Italian coalition governments can be quite tricky... even for a Dossettian "grown-up Catholic" (cattolico adulto) such as Romano Prodi. The fact that he could not control the anticlerical radicals within his coalition in the last few months certainly did not help him in the pacification of the restless slim majority he had in the upper house of the Italian Parliament thanks to small Catholic-oriented parties.

(No, this has not become a political blog: we posted this mostly for the very Italian picture.)


  1. Anonymous4:08 AM

    It should be noted that the particular small Catholic party which effected the collapse of the government did so because its leader was under investigation for corruption, not due to any principled loathing of anti-clericalism.

    Prodi himself has always been attacked by the hard left for being excessively deferential to the Church. One of Italy's most famous cartoonists mockingly portrays him in a soutane. Whatever may be said of some of those in his coalition, he himself is no enemy of the Church. Unlike, for example, the NA leader on the right, who voted in favour of liberalising Italy's strict embryo laws and was (shall be?) very influential in Berlusconi's alliance.

  2. You are absolutely correct, Italophile - we only recalled that the general tone of discussions within the coalition was not helped by the general tone of debate generated by the most radical elements of the most extreme parties in Prodi's coalition. That is, it provides excuses for people of questionable character on all sides.

  3. Anonymous4:22 PM

    ROTFL! I saw the pictures on TV, they were hysterical, and the picture of the collapsed deputy LOL; only Italians can be so teatrical. At least they did not engaged in fistful fights. Horrible country!

  4. Anonymous2:58 PM

    anticlearical italians! This is not true. I wonder what do the activities of the Catholic Church represent to the Italian economy? A lot of italians live off from the Catholic Church.

  5. Anonymous4:07 PM

    It is interesting that Italy, being the catholic country per excelence, is where the Communists are stronger.


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