MALTA: Son of Holy Church

Penitent perfume in the black nostrils of Malta's Italian Bishops is the following apology made recently by the island's British Premier, whose mother was a Maltese:

"Lord Strickland. Count Delia Catena, sincerely regrets that in debates in the English and Maltese Parliaments, and, on other occasions, in defending himself against his political opponents, he clashed with the church and her authority and used words that should be withdrawn, and which he does, in fact, withdraw, for which he humbly and unreservedly asks pardon.

"Further, he...

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