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Same here. Fads and fashions in names, 95% Italian 5% foreign (Deborah, Nicole...). The "madonna" kind of name - both plain Marys and the Maria-this-and-that (Assunta Concetta Immacolata...) ones - are totally "out" though .... unless of course one is aiming to ensure one's wee kiddy will inherit the largest slice of the estate of a rich ageing childless greataunt of that name?  

And I'd say that to tack "Maria" onto a boy's name these days must mean the parents are paid-up members of Opus Dei?

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by eternalcityblues (parvati_roma aaaat libero.it) on Wed Dec 6th, 2006 at 06:25:18 PM EST
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Definitely.  It´s hard to get a good feel for the church divisions anymore.  In the dictatorship it was palpable because there were only two:  Jesuits and OD and both supported "the party".  The OD was the new kid on the block and the best schools were jesuit and derivatives.

In my nun school, only jesuits said the daily mass, with maybe a known dominican theologian once in a while...  It was said that Franco kept half his cabinet from jesuit schools and half from the OD!  The so-called "worker priests" were unknown until the 70´s.

Now, I am not sure.  I live surrounded by new-rich areas, heavily infiltrated by OD.  The worst part is their secretiveness.  The biggest church here (an eye-pleasing, brick behemoth I call the penis and testicle cathedral for its shape--the architect is still ROTFL) is the OD´s, but it is denied and never printed on anything.

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by metavision on Thu Dec 7th, 2006 at 07:54:46 AM EST
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