Vatican denies Paglia statements

Relations with authorities ahead of Jubilee 'serene, decent'

(see related)(ANSA) - Rome, September 30 - A Vatican spokesman denied Wednesday that statements a senior cleric was tricked into making on a satirical radio show last night reflect the Holy See's position.
    Msgr Vincenzo Paglia, head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, told a bogus Premier Matteo Renzi on La Zanzara (The Mosquito) that Pope Francis was "furious" about how Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino tried to "crash" his party in Philadelphia on his US trip last week. "Yes, of course, Marino crashed it. He tried it on. He tried to exploit this situation, and that enrages the Number One....The mayor is a decent person. But no one invited him. The pope was furious," Paglia is heard telling someone he believes to be the premier himself.
    Marino has faced widespread criticism for flying to Philadelphia to attend the World Meeting of Families without being invited by Pope Francis.
    Asked by the fake premier how the incident might affect the pope's upcoming Jubilee Holy Year, Paglia replied, "Undoubtedly, it puts a big brake on the relationship".
    On Wednesday, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said "relations between representatives of the Holy See and Italian authorities about the Jubilee have always taken place and will continue to take place with serenity and decency, in the appropriate venues".
    "Statements taken from a private conversation, obtained with unacceptable deceit, cannot in any way express the positions of the Holy See," Lombardi concluded.