Despite being well aware that Italy is Italy and that not all observant Catholics observe all the parts of Catholic doctrine, this is still pretty shocking. Not that the case against Berlusconi for paying an underage prostitute and then abusing his authority to cover it up is being fast-tracked: crusading magistrates are a familiar part of the Italian political scene, though you might worry about the sustainability of their attempts to constrain the efficacy of popular decisions about who rules. Rather, and related to the concern about the clash between legal and more directly democratic procedures, it's that a
survey by the weekly Famiglia Cristiana showed only half of observant Roman Catholics were critical of his behaviour.
This isn't a little bit of marital breakdown where sympathy for those who've at least tried to make a go of it might soften judgments, nor is it all Italians, many of whom might describe themselves as Catholic without really ever attending mass. This is observant Catholics making judgments on - and this is only the sexual behaviour - orgies with hookers. Is there some part of orgies with hookers they didn't understand?