Even the pasta-slurpers are saying that enough is enough and that the Whore of Babylon should pay her fair share.
From the JYT:
Italy Plans to Tax the Church on Commercial Property
ROME — Over the years, the Italian government has quietly passed scores of laws that benefit the Roman Catholic Church, but it is rare for it to issue a public statement announcing that it intends to strip the church of privileges.
The government of Prime Minister Mario Monti took that step on Wednesday, telling the European Commission that it would change Italian law to ensure that the church pays property tax on the parts of its buildings used for commercial ends.
The church owns vast amounts of property in Italy, and the move is aimed at making sure that convents that offer bed-and-breakfast services or church buildings that rent space to shops pay their share of taxes.
Let's hope that this passes. Italy, one of the PIIGS countries, is financially stressed enough without granting special tax privileges to the Roman institution, especially when those privileges should rightfully be given only to True Christian™ churches rather than polytheist cults or pedophile rings.