Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fact of the Day: Benito Irony

For a lot of his political career, the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini considered himself an atheist and often ridiculed the Catholic Church. Despite this, as the nation's leader he formed a friendship with the Pope and the Catholic Church. He participated in Catholic traditions and enforced religious rules like no contraception, and closing down some but not all places that served alcohol.  


Huggybear said...

No vino in Italy?????????????????????????

He may have got the trains to run on schedule, put the mafia on notice, but no way did he stop vino drinking in Italy.
The Vatican would have one of the finest cellars in the World - and in Benito's day also.
And El Duce was pretty fond of the vino, beer and other alcohol drinks as well.
Nah - this is pure fallacy - too bizarre for reality.
B J Hunnicut aka Colin

Adam said...

let me put into a bit more context. When I wrote that it didn't mean a total end to beer/wine/whatever in Italy. It seemed that Mussolini to appease the church at once in his rule took down places like rowdy bars and nightclubs.

Huggybear said...

Thanks Adam and more than likely Mafia controlled.
Seedy places - probably prostitution establishments and gambling

Emmylou said...

LOL....I guess he just picked and chose what he liked about the religion:D

Pat Hatt said...

Power hungry or a closet catholic?

NanaDiana said...

Wow! I love all the little known facts you post here!

Martha said...

That is quite interesting!

Sonia Verardo said...

Nice post!
Greetings from Italy,
Sonia Verardo

stephen Hayes said...

I'm sure Mussolini intended to benefit from every decision he made. If he closed down certain businesses it was probably because he wanted to eliminate competition. I seriously doubt cared for the Catholic Church beyond his ability to benefit from it.

Saucy Siciliana said...

I think deep down he was Catholic.

Cloudia said...

Bullies respect control!



The Happy Whisk said...

How about that.

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