- Sep 19, 2020
For almost four decades, Italy has had a basic social compact on abortion: Women and doctors aren’t going to jail over abortion, but it’s not going to be “anything goes” either.
For most of my adult life, Italy has been a global exemplar of how not to run a country, struggling to provide even basic public services such as garbage collection or fixing potholes. Now all of a sudden, Italy has become a case study in efficiency and leadership.
Italian bishops announced Thursday a deal with the government to resume public Mass on Monday, May 18, which means the first Sunday Mass to be reopened will be May 24, which in Italy is the Feast of the Ascension.
If early returns are any indication, the way in which the Mass ban is lifted may turn out to be just as controversial, and just as messy, as imposing it in the first place.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte got a badly needed favor Tuesday morning, as the pontiff essentially hit the off switch on mounting Catholic resistance to the PM’s program for recovery by calling for “prudence and obedience.”