Italy: Please, Pity Me

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Straw, or “Paglia” in Italian. Burns very well.

Please, pity me; an Italian born in a country where Christian values were as commonly and universally spread as tap water, and who must now see the slow – Italians are remarkable common-sense, no-bull people; for how long, no one knows – decomposition of the moral fabric of the Country.

Pity me even more, because when treacherous politicians were not enough, their work is completed by unspeakably cowardly people like Archbishop Paglia,  a man who does not even need to be elected but behaves as if his daily bread – and not his salvation – depended on it.

I have already written about the fact that the disgraceful Archbishop would like to have some legislation aimed at making the life of scandalous and unrepentant sodomites “easier”, something for which he would have probably – and certainly, if I had been the one to decide – been burnt at the stake not many centuries ago.

Now, we do not know whether Archbishop Paglia -or his aider and abetter, the Pope, who must take full responsibility before God for such an appointment, and for not immediately rebuking the Archbishop – was in agreement with the Primo Ministro, Monti, or whether the latter just saw an opportunity to  conveniently shift on the sodomite side without too much damage. The fact is, though, that Monti expressed himself in a way similar to the Archbishop’s just a couple of days after the latter’s diabolical declarations. The gravity of the two events is, still, breathtaking.

Worse still is that similar words, though just a bit more nuanced – politicians love “nuanced” almost as much as Vatican officials – have been pronounced by the chap I was planning to vote, Pierferdinando Casini, the head of that part of the Monti-coalition which in the past had never failed to deliver. In short, there’s a taking down of trousers almost wherever you turn.

One froths with rage at thinking that the Vatican could have made of this election an unprecedented crusade for family and Christian values, and forced everyone to pay much attention to what he says and stands for. How powerful the Vatican still is, is clearly showed from the fact that – previous agreement or not – Monti and Casini did not dare to open their mouth before the Archbishop gave them the “green light” to do so. This gives you the full scale of the betrayal the – I must say this, because is the purest fact – Holy Father and his, ahem, “family protector” have to answer for.

Pity me, then, once again, for living in a country where not even high ecclesiastical authorities dare to fight for Christ; Popes are blind, deaf, and mute; and Catholic politicians behave like street whores.

I wanted to give my vote to the Centre (= Monti, Casini, Fini) coalition. Whilst risks are always there, I thought that after proper consideration of all the cards the vote for the centre would offer the highest chances to block sodomy-enhancing initiatives. Of course, it can still be that this is the case – believe me, an Italian politician can promise an awful lot he knows he has no intention to deliver – but I do not want to feel my vote has been misused, and do not think Casini can be trusted on that, much less Monti. Besides, Monti does not want to be seen as a “traditional” politician, so he has compromised himself once and for all.

Therefore, I have decided to vote – for the first time in my life, and I never thought I’d see the day – for the centre-right coalition; which, whilst not officially led by Berlusconi anymore, is still infested by him. Again: pity me. The vote has been sent today (it’s Saturday as I write), alea iacta est.

I will not delude you or myself into thinking the centre-right are the fortress the UDC (= the Casini party; himself a concubine, btw) was supposed to be, and I am actually terrified at the thought next time I look for Italian news I’ll read that they too have jumped into the bandwagon; but as I write these very sad notes they are the only grouping in which a possible mention of Berlusconi of a possible support for some kind of legislative measure in favour of sodomy – a misinterpretation of careless words, and clearly a forced one – was greeted by a salvo of complete rejections of the very idea by his own party members, and led to such angry denials that the matter died very soon.

This was, of course, several weeks ago, and we live in such times that the temptation to fish into the rather large pool of “inclusiveness” – a muddy pool in which even Archbishop Paglia was happy to immerse himself, and make both his person and the Holy Church stink with the stench of sodomy – might well be too strong for populists like Berlusconi & Co. With the only difference that – if we are lucky – Berlusconi & Co. will be too scared to anger the old men and women in Veneto, Lombardy and Sicily, who are absolutely vital to them if they are to avoid an outright majority of the Left in the Senato as it appears rather sure they will get the Camera.

This is the most chaotic election I have lived since 1994, and it is even more unpredictable because of the changed social conditions ( a much bigger mass of non-voters and undecided, making polls rather a work of art than a matter of statistical probability ). Against all expectations, the “Five Stars movements” is growing stronger, and no one really knows whether the diffused anger towards the party system – including Berlusconi, of course – will really translate into 15% of the votes, which would be an earthquake and, let me say this, truly bad for the country.

It becomes even more interesting now, because the Italian electoral law has a rather brutally enforced ban on polls in the last two weeks (that is: from the 10th), and in the last two weeks a lot can happen.

In theory, the centre-right coalition might still carry the day; in theory, many might think as I do and decide that the centre-right (particularly the UDC, the once staunchly Catholic party) is not a credible defender of marriage, family and Christian values. In practice, this election was and is not being fought along religious lines, and the fact Berlusconi did not launch the loudly trumpeted  “battle on family values” says a lot about the real lay of the land.

Italians are about to betray their God and tradition not in that they are directly embracing Sodomarriage (they are not as rotten as the Britons, by far), but in that, as stupidly as Archbishop Paglia is stupid, they might/could/will give ways to form of “civil partnerships” which, besides being an abomination in themselves, will make the cry for “sodomarriage” unavoidable in just a couple of years’ time.

Pity me, then, as I write on a rainy afternoon contemplating another battle our prelates were too indecisive (yes, starting from the very top) to fight.

And pray for our clergy, whose members are not even ashamed of openly promoting, or silently abetting, abominations in the eyes of The Lord.

Mundabor

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Posted on February 11, 2013, in Catholicism and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Mundabor,
    you are losing your country as Germans have lost theirs some time ago. Today, there is mostly decay – moral, spiritual and soon also economic decay. It is very sad to watch. I am too young to have experienced a Christian Germany, though, but I can imagine how much worse it must be, having grown up in a fully Catholic country (which Germany never was), now having to watch as it is completely destroyed, slowly, painfully. It is akin to watching one’s father die slowly over years.

    Regarding the electoral situation, I am a bit more optimistic than you (which is very rare…), because I see a fifty-fifty chance of preventing the left from winning the Camera. Here’s why:

    If the most recent polls are to be believed, Berlusconi is about five points behind Bersani (on average). He has been gaining rapidly. Monti’s coalition has been weakening for some weeks now, and the recent declaration of support for “civil unions” will lead to an exodus of socially conservative voters. There may not be that many social conservatives left, but there will be a few, maybe (just an educated guess) three or four percent. Where will these voters go? Where you went, even if with a heavy heart. They have no other coalition to turn to. They will certainly not vote for the left. In addition, Monti evolving on homosexuality will make him more acceptable to certain types of leftists, thereby decreasing the already shrinking support for Bersani and the left.

    The net result will be a closing of the gap between the coalitions. A month ago, the right was at least ten to twelve points behind the left. Now the gap has closed to about five points, and as most undecided voters are right-leaning (a third of former PdL voters are still undecided) the gap will shrink further as we approach election day.

    In addition, there seems to be a trend from the left towards Grillo. Berlusconi is ascending in the polls and Monti’s voters certainly will not turn to someone like Grillo, at least not in great numbers. If Grillo is strengthened over and above the support he has now, it will be a bad sign for the country in itself, but it will also draw votes disproportionately from the left. Berlusconi will get most of the protest voters on the right, and he certainly has enough money and influence in the media to get his message out. He has always closed very strong, gaining support in the last days.

    So, in summary, if everything goes according to plan, the right will continue to gain from Monti and the undecided camp while the left will lose votes both to Monti and to Grillo, making for an excruciatingly close election that may be decided by a fraction of one percent in the end. Having hit the nail on its head in my predictions for the US elections, I will go out on a shaky limb again, and try another prediction, subject to change, if any new developments arise in the remaining days:
    Centre-right: 33% (just ahead of the leftists)
    Centre-left: 33%
    Grillo: 16%
    Monti: 10%
    Others: 8%
    In the Senate, the left will not get near to a majority and neither will the right. Grillo and Monti will hold the balance.

    There would be no majority for “civil unions” in the Camera as long as Berlusconi does not start to “evolve”, even if Monti “goes Cameron”. Now, having said that, there will be no viable governing majority in sight, either, which will complicate matters on the economic front. On this matter, I’m my usual pessimistic self again.

    • I hear what you say, and I can tell you Berlusconi’s pollster are more optimistic than that and they were dead on in 2008.

      But I simply wonder whether the “exodus” will take place. If this had been a chance, Berlusconi & Co. would have started a cannon fire like there’s no tomorrow. I think they do not see it as a vote-winner, merely a vote-loser if they rat.

      Grillo is the great unknown. I still can’t believe so many people will vote for him. I am afraid they are the one going to give the victory to the left in the end.

      I’d see Italy as Germany one generation ago. I hope I will never see Italy in the state of Germany today. Though give me Schoenborn as Pope and it will happen rather fast..

      M

    • There’s another matter. Like the Democrazia Cristiana, Berlusconi fares better in the ballot than in the polls, because there are people ashamed to say to the pollster they will vote for him. It seems stupid, but that’s what it is.

      I forbid myself to hope. But it will be closer than Bersani and the left thought two weeks ago.

      Monti’s project has failed. If he doesn’t get to at least 15% he can say goodbye to Palazzo Chigi. Bersani is now clearly the Primo Ministro in pectore.

      I hope Casini and Fini are destroyed. Prostitutes, both of them.

      M

  2. Mundabor,
    “But I simply wonder whether the “exodus” will take place. If this had been a chance, Berlusconi & Co. would have started a cannon fire like there’s no tomorrow. I think they do not see it as a vote-winner, merely a vote-loser if they rat. ”

    No, it is no net vote winner for Berlusconi. There will be no family values campaign. But Berlusconi does not need to campaign on the issue; Monti and his ilk do that for him by favoring “civil unions”. These social conservatives are no majority, but they are there, and they will not vote for the centrists after this anymore. They have no other option but Berlusconi, unless they stay home, which I do not believe they will.

    • Yes, they have no options but Berlusconi. They will have to be Catholics enough to vote for Berlusconi irrespective of how much they hate him otherwise.
      There were many of these people twenty years ago. Still a lot of them ten years ago. I am afraid they are dying out, and the new generation doesn’t really care.

      Monti and -much, much worse – Casini have flattened themselves on positions meant to bring to them the votes of the undefined big centre – uncaring majority who appears to be in the majority. But not many would decide to vote Monti because of his attitude on sodomy, and those who vote him for reasons linked to the economy would have done it anyway.

      For Casini is much worse, for him is the betrayal and gamble of a lifetime; but he thinks he’ll get away with it because of what Paglia has said. Not smart, I think, but we’ll see how many voters this traditional Italy has..

      M

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