17 September 2008
The three "C"s of Italy
Italy has written into their Constitution the separation of Church and State, something this peninsula has struggled with for millennia. There are regular reports about how Italians don’t attend church and the Italian media is plastered with various scandals and naked women.
With this background I found it interesting that the majority of businesses and offices we have been to have crucifixes hanging prominently on their walls. I mean private and government offices, it is the exception not to see a crucifix.
I asked a friend about this who admits the last time he was in church was on his wedding day why he has a crucifix in his business and he was surprised by the question. “Why wouldn’t he, everyone does, don’t they do that in America?” My language skills are not sufficient to explain the activities of the ACLU.
Crucifixes are as much a part of the Italian way of life as is caffé and calcio.