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Vatican to Berlusconi: Politicians must show ‘robust morality’
Rome, Jan 21 (Agencies):
Published on 21 Jan. 2011 11:12 PM IST
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The Vatican on Thursday finally weighed in on the latest sex scandal shaking the government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, saying Italian politicians must show “robust morality.”
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state and second only to Pope Benedict in the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy, said the Vatican was “particularly worried” about the impact the scandal was having on Italy. Bertone, speaking on the sidelines of a church event, was asked about an investigation of Berlusconi by magistrates who suspect he paid a 17-year-old prostitute and other women for sex at parties in his villa near Milan.
“The Church pushes and invites everyone, above all those who hold public responsibility in any administrative, political and judicial area, to be committed to a more robust morality, a sense of justice and lawfulness,” he said.
While editorials in Italian Catholic publications have expressed concern over what has emerged from the investigation so far, Bertone’s remarks were significant because the Vatican still holds enormous political influence in Italy.
Berlusconi, a 74-year-old billionaire media mogul, has been under increasing pressure to resign since magistrates in Milan accused him of paying for sex with a 17-year-old nightclub dancer who goes by the stage name “Ruby Heartstealer.”
He denies all accusations against him, saying the investigation is the latest attempt by what he calls leftist magistrates to destroy his political career.
the Ruby investigation and the publication of phone transcripts describing kinky parties at his house with showgirls in, among other things, nurse uniforms. Bertone said the Vatican was worried about the effects that reports of such behavior was having on families, young people and future generations.

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