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BY ED WEST
THE CHURCH in Italy has accused prime minister Silvio Berlusconi of committing “sacrilege” by receiving Communion because he is in the process of his second divorce.
Mr Berlusconi was given Communion at the funeral of a well-known Italian television celebrity in Milan, leading several churchmen to say that the controversial conser vative politician was committing a grave sin.
Fr Paolo Farinella, a priest in Genoa, said: “Mr Berlusconi has committed sacrilege in the light of the fact that he is divorced and is in the process of getting divorced again.” Emeritus Archbishop Giuseppe Casale of FoggiaBovino said he should be denied Communion as his behaviour was not “coherently Christian”.
Mr Berlusconi divorced his first wife, Carla Dall’Oglio, in 1985 and five years later married an actress, Veronica Lario.