When I arrived in Rome in the fall of 2009, the big political scandal of the day was such a doozy that it beggars belief: two police officers attempted to blackmail the governor of Lazio, Piero Marrazzo, with video of him consorting with multiple transexual (and most likely illegal immigrant) prostitutes and doing a lot of blow.
The police officers were arrested for blackmail, the tranny prostitutes who videotaped the gatherings and consorted with Marrazzo died in suspicious circumstances, and Marrazzo stepped down from his post.
|Piero Marrazzo and his "friend" Brenda.|
As part of his contrition to his family and to the public, Marrazzo wrote a letter to the Pope to beg for forgiveness and then allegedly scampered off to a monastery for a few weeks of contemplation and spiritual cleansing. He has since gone on to work in television, where he started his career.
It seems that the American script of get caught, get sorry, get out, get back into the world is becoming more universal.
Then again, there's always Silvio, who has never apologized for any of his antics with women.