- Apr 16, 2021
Over the course of twenty-plus years of visiting and living here, I’m often amused by the foibles and idiosyncrasies of Italian life that reflect its utterly unique cultural matrix.
When the Italian government this week issued new rules for the holiday season, among other things imposing a strict curfew making the traditional celebration of midnight Mass on Christmas Eve impossible, it revived debate about the actual time of Christ’s birth.
However silly or politically opportunistic, one reason populist politicians get traction when they raise the question of restarting normal Church life is because they seem to be the only ones talking about it.
The 5-Star Movement, one of the two populist parties in Italy’s new government, distanced itself Sunday from anti-gay comments made by a minister from its right-wing coalition partner, saying issues like same-sex civil unions deliberately were kept off their common political agenda.
As Italy’s political crisis deepens, the Italian bishops no longer appear content to stand on the sidelines.
The Secretary General of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Monsignor Nunzio Galantino, received backlash from the country’s far right and left political parties over a new law that would grant immigrant minors and children born in Italy a chance at legal citizenship.