Catholic Church Scolds Playboy Berlusconi

By Angus Loten,  Newser User
Posted May 5, 2009 2:40 PM CDT
Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi waves to a crowd of supporters in Rome.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Silvio Berlusconi’s penchant for flirting isn’t just annoying his wife—it bothers the Vatican, too. In an editorial, church officials warned Italy’s prime minister to adopt a more “sober and somber” lifestyle, the Telegraph reports. The front-page piece in the church's official newspaper decried his “weakness for young, flowing actresses” as reflecting badly on the country and its leaders. Berlusconi was re-elected last year with wide support from Catholic voters.