Oh no! It looks like it's finally going to happen! More of the good black stuff and Italy. Next they'll be selling ice to eskimoes.
Lefty and former governor of Puglia, Nichi Vendola, probably one of Italy's highest profile LGBT figures (if not its highest) sets off political storm with announcement that he and his partner have welcomed the arrival of their son (via a surrogate). It's a thorny issue this week in Italy after the parliament passed a civil union bill which had to be stripped of any reference to same sex parenting (and rights).
I've seen lots of nasty and homophobic comments on Facebook about Vendola's announcement, and of course, it wouldn't be 2016 if the Vatican also didn't have something to say about it.
Speaking of the Vatican, shit is hitting the fan for Cardinal George Pell in Rome, but because he seems to have a problem with remembering what to say.
He's testifying to an Australian Royal Commission looking into the institutional response to child abuse, and his testimony over the last few days has been very worrying.
I've posted previously about how there was a campaign to get Pell to fly back to Australia to testify, but instead, it was agreed that he could give testimony by video link from the Hotel Quirinale in Rome where a group of Australian victims have been watching as the testimony has unfolded.
A picture has emerged of him as being someone who continually refused to look into or acknowledge abuses - and his comments in his testimony have often seemed cold and callous. Many in the press and beyond are interpreting Pell's ongoing refusal too look into criminal clergy activity as being a product of his ambition to move up in the ranks and not to be sullied along the way.
Initially some people on the right felt sorry for Pell - claiming that he was subject of a witch hunt. But now, after a few days of testimony, that idea is out the window. And when even Australia's right wing political commentator abandons ship, you know it's not looking good for the Vatican's #3 guy.