30 Aug '11, 3am

Italy's financial #crisis turns up heat on the #Vatican ... The law is not the same for everyone

Italy's financial #crisis turns up heat on the #Vatican ... The law is not the same for everyone

VATICAN CITY - With Italy facing the prospect of drastic cuts to balance its budget in the years to come, a growing number of ordinary Italians are criticising massive tax breaks given to the Roman Catholic Church. A Facebook page set up by leftist campaigners in recent weeks asking the Vatican to help ease austerity in Italy has already collected 130,000 supporters. It asks for numerous exemptions given to the Church to be revised. The Internet mobilisation is all the more striking since the subject is considered absolutely taboo for Italy's ruling class - both conservative and liberal - which is traditionally wary of criticising the Vatican directly. One of the proposals being made by campaigners is that the thousands of properties owned by the Church - including vast tracts of prime real estate in the centre of Rome - should no longer be exempt from local housing tax. C...

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