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Fr Joe Borg

Matters pertaining to the Church

Yesterday the Curia lambasted Minister Helena Dali’s reported speech in Parliament of April 2nd wherein she stated that paedophile priests and paedophile laymen are treated differently and this has to stop. Minister Dalli seems to have repeated...

The spiritual giant with a sense of humour

Blessed John XXIII, will be declared a saint on April 27. Many things have been said about him. A reference to him that I still remember vividly was published in Life Magazine. It featured a two-page spread of the corpse of John XIII with the...

So much gas

No one waited with bated breath for the conclusion of last Monday’s marathon Mepa meeting about the tanker/floating gas storage. Everyone knew what the conclusion would be days before the meeting was held. The formal vote at the conclusion of that...

Let my people go

These last two weeks have been bad weeks for Christians in several parts of the world. Truth be told, even the two weeks before these and the two weeks before those were quite bad. But let’s concentrate on the last two weeks or so. I will give...

“My Journey”

This is not a comment on the autobiography of Dr Eddie Fenech. It is about a different journey. Go down memory lane. It is March 13, 2013. It had just been announced that the cardinals had elected a new pope. When the then Cardinal Bergoglio came...

The Ukraine is also our business

The gravity of what is happening in Ukraine after Russia decided to intervene in Crimea has not hit the imagination of public opinion in Malta. The reason could be that for many the Ukraine is very far away and what’s far away is not...

Will the real rogue please stand up?

I do not personally know Fr Albert Schembri former parish priest of Hal Gharghur. It could be that he was a student of mine in some media class at the time when I used to teach seminarians at the University. But that would be about all, if it is...

Say no to the persecution of gay persons

Last Monday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a law that reinforced the already severe laws against gays in that African country. Jail sentences for life are now obligatory for those who have gay sex. The law also prohibits what it...

A question of transparency and trust

In the second part of my commentary to The Sunday Times (February 23), I gave a bit of news that was, most probably, overlooked by many. I wrote that in reply to my query, the Communications Office of the Curia informed me that the Bishops will be...

An opportunity not to be missed: A sequel

In my commentary on The Sunday Times of Malta (16/0214) I criticised the the report by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, saying it smacked of an endeavour to engage in a culture war against the sexual mores and pro-life stand of the...