Italian Catholic Church attacks ruling class amid corruption charges

Italian Catholic Church attacks ruling class amid corruption charges
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 9:34am

Italy's powerful Catholic Church issued a blistering attack on the country's ruling political class monday. At a press conference in Rome, the head of the Italian Bishops Conference said the country needed to, quote "purify the air" caused by sex and corruption scandals that have given it a bad name around the world.

The Cardinal's speech made in front of fellow bishops stopped just short of asking for the resignation of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is battling scandals over parties with prostitutes and corruption. He added that Italians had been left in a state of dumbfounded astonishment because of a ruling political class that was washed in scandal.

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