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04/19/2007


Julianne Moore Calls PM Silvio Berlusconi's Anti-Gay Remark 'Unfortunate, Archaic, and Idiotic' at Rome Film Fest

Variety reports that Julianne Moore, at the Rome Film Festival for a screening of The Kids Are All Right, slammed Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's recent remarks about gays:

Moore At a presser following a screening of Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are Allright," in which she plays a lesbian parent, Moore was asked what she thought about a statement by Berlusconi who on Tuesday dismissed calls to resign over a scandal centered around a 17-year-old girl saying it was "better to like beautiful girls than be gay."

"I think it's unfortunate, archaic and idiotic," Moore commented.

"To hint or to say that there is something wrong with homosexuality… it's embarrassing when people continue to perpetrate these untruths," she went on, drawing plenty of cheers.

Berlusconi was condemned by gay rights groups for the homophobic remark.


Vatican 'Saddened And Troubled' By Gay Priests

The trouble with the Catholic Church is endless. The Vatican issued a response yesterday to the cover story put out by the Italian magazine Panorama in which reporters secretly recorded several gay priests at gay clubs and having casual sex with strangers.

Pan The Guardian reports on some of the revelations from the exposé: "'One priest, a Frenchman in his 30s identified as Father Paul, attended a party at which there were two male prostitutes then said Mass the following morning before driving them to the airport, Panorama reported. A photo on its website claimed to show the priest in his dog collar but without his trousers with a gay man who acted as decoy for the magazine. In other shots, priests were shown apparently kissing Panorama's collaborator."

"A member of the clergy quoted by the magazine put the proportion of gay priests in the Italian capital at '98%'. The Rome diocese insisted the vast majority of priests in the city were 'models of morality for all', while adding that the number of gay clergyman was 'small, but not to be written off as isolated cases.'"

The Vatican said that it is "saddened and troubled" by the scandal. According to the AFP, "'The Rome diocese pledged to pursue 'with rigour any behaviour that is unworthy of the priestly life'. It added: 'No one obliges them to remain priests and keep enjoying the advantages. 'Consistency demands that they reveal themselves. We don't wish them any harm, but we cannot accept that the honour of all the others is dragged through the mud because of their behaviour.'"

Interestingly, Panorama magazine is owned by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.


Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi Assaulted in Milan

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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was hospitalized today in Milan after being struck by a man holding a metal souvenir of the city's Duomo. The man has been arrested. The attack occurred immediately following a rally for Berlusconi's People of Freedom party, the Guardian reports:

"At one point he interrupted the rally to address a group of protesters on the sidelines, who had been chanting 'buffoon' and 'shame', saying they should be ashamed themselves. 'We would never (behave) like that,' he told them. Towards the end of the rally, he boasted that he was still 'young and on form', opening his shirt to show the crowds that he 'wasn't even wearing a vest', before he and a dozen ministers ended the rally with a singalong of the national anthem. Minutes later, the flying Duomo put an end to what should have been the prime minister's evening of triumph."

Watch video of the attack, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Italian Catholic Editor Resigns After 'Defamatory' Gay Smears [tr]

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