Well, it’s good to be reminded once again who really runs Italy. When it emerged that the Treasury was planning to reduce the amount of funding provided by the Italian state to catholic schools, it took no more than a few hours for a papal hissy fit to change their minds. According to Ratzy, the church’s right to our money is ‘inalienable’. Well, I’d have preferred the word ‘indefensible’, but there you go. You don’t argue with the boss.
(Seen here, preparing a primal gift for Christmas.)