"The Vatican has condemned the Swiss ban on the construction of Islamic minarets as a 'blow to freedom of religion'
"The comment by a Vatican spokesman followed criticism from across Europe.
"Earlier on Monday the French foreign minister, Bernard Kauchner, said he was 'scandalised' by the Swiss decision and said it represented a 'show of intolerance' by France's neighbour.
"He said it was a 'negative' move because banning the construction of Muslim mosque towers amounts to 'oppressing a religion'.
"He told France's RTL radio: 'I hope that the Swiss will go back on this decision rather quickly.'
"Muslim groups in Switzerland and abroad condemned the vote as anti-Islamic..."
Well. The French foreign minister's reaction goes without saying. What else would one expect? But what's up with the Vatican?
I mean, G*d forbid that what passes for the Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church today should ever risk even the appearance of being the least little bit anti-Islamic!