This blog has always been positive.
But the truth is, Italy has lost the Faith. The anomaly (deviation from the common rule) is the Italian family (dad, mom and kids) that darkens the door of a church, let alone on a Sunday.
It would take a long book to annotate the many and sometimes complicated reasons for this. Some blame the advent of TV. Others the sixties (1968). Some the Risorgimento (1870) or the Renaissance or Fascism or Communism or even Vatican Council II.
But, only since our own modern era (the early eighties some kid once told me), has Italy been officially not Catholic (non-Catholic) because until then, in the Statuto Albertino, Italy defined herself as a Catholic nation:
"Art. 1. - La Religione Cattolica, Apostolica e Romana è la sola Religione dello Stato. Gli altri culti ora esistenti sono tolleraticonformemente alle leggi." (The Catholic religion, Apostolic and Roman is the sole religion of the State...).
To read the Lo Statuto Albertino see here:http://www.quirinale.it/costituzione/Preunitarie-testi.htm