ITALY: Aspiration of a Minority

Blows were traded in Naples' steep and narrow alleys, but not this time over politics. The issue was more intimate. In Italy, as much as anywhere else, war and military occupation had played hob with marriages; but men & women who wanted to shed their mates and start afresh with new ones were out of luck. By virtue of the 1929 Lateran Treaty, the state followed the law of the church, which in rare cases grants annulments (30 out of 75 requests from all over the world in 1944-45)—but never divorce.

Augusto Francale, an amiable, middle-aged bachelor practicing law...

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