«Subjugation of State to Church»

Maybe it’s the British weather, or spending so much time with non-Catholics, but I personally think the independence of State and Church (Article 7 of the Italian Constitution) to be somehow reciprocal: the Republic does not pass laws on mitre height and the Church does not declare anathema on our public transportation system.
A nice thing, isn’t it? A Church that thinks of metaphysics, and leaves everyday administration to the State.
But of course in Italy we have a special way of interpreting reciprocity, especially when we’re given a chance to prove how good we are genuflecting if convenient.

This is what happened in the state school Liceo Augusto Monti of Chieri (Northern Italy).
The Headmaster and the Administration Office decided motu proprio to display some Catholic relics in the school’s lecture theatre, as the Salesians had so generously offered them this opportunity.
It is indeed common knowledge that don Bosco’s urn cannot be kept inside a church, at least not in Chieri.
O generous action, to open a building owned by a secular state for relics adoration! As Peter’s tomb in Luther’s time, the precious remains would have suffered all sort of defiling and bad weather otherwise, just when their 4-years tour was about to end!

Whilst Headmaster Gianfranco Giusta secured thus the everlasting title of Fidei Defensor for himself, the teachers lived their monotonous lives unaware, at least until a memo (number 72, January 21 2014) appeared to announce the gaudium magnum.
According to Airis R. Maisiero’s (a teacher) report, some refused to read the joyful news, maybe under the impression that the school had not become a Catholic one overnight.

To keep the Saint’s earthly remains company, some teacher from another school, the ITS Vittone, displayed the ashes of famous Inquisition victim Giordano Bruno, who wrote «when superstition infiltrates culture, ignorance and death come forth».

At least, luckily, the act of worship inside a public building was not mandatory, because that would have been inappropriate indeed!

Disclaimer: when this article was published the Headmaster, though contacted and having seen the e-mail, had provided neither his answer or a comment.

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