Not content to let radical Muslims and leftist adherents of political correctness have all the speech-suppressing fun, the center-right Catholic-allied government of Silvio Berlusconi may prosecute a comedian for a joke about Pope Benedict XVI. Under a law enacted during Italy's fascist period, she could receive up to 5 years in prison.
It's almost certain that a simple public statement from the Vatican asking Italian authorities to drop the matter would end the case. The Catholic church has said a lot in the past decade about how it now views free expression as a fundamental human right. We'll see if it walks the walk.