Religion: The Nephews

Nepotism is not a new word at the Vatican; evolved from the Latin nepos for nephew, it originally described the fat handouts of princedoms and privileges to the nephews of Popes centuries ago. Last week the word went back to its old meaning and added new fuel to the hot church v. state issue in the campaigning for next month's general elections in Italy.

THE POPES' NEPHEWS DON'T PAY THEIR TAXES, yelled Italy's left-wing (but antiCommunist) weekly L'Espresso. The facts were not that simple, but they were enough to stir Italy's increasingly overt...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!