(VATICAN CITY) – The latest charges against Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi have troubled the Vatican, reports the BBC.
An investigation was opened Friday into accusations that Berlusconi hired an under-age prostitute. It is only the latest in a string of sexual allegations made against Berlusconi.
The Vatican reacted by challenging the moral fiber of those in positions of power.
"The Church urges and invites everyone, especially those who hold a position of public responsibility [...] to commit themselves to a more robust morality, a sense of justice and legality," said Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.
The investigation revolves around an 18-year-old Moroccan belly-dancer who was believed to have attended Berlusconi’s infamous parties where, prosecutors say, he paid her to have sex with him when she was 17.
Berlusconi has called the investigation flawed and politically motivated.
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