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Fr Joe Borg

Hanging our heads in shame

I googled the phrase “selling Maltese citizenship.” In a fraction of a second Google threw back at me an enormous number of references. One can only take in few at a time as they make for very depressing reading. The selling of Maltese citizenship...

The success of One of Us

Last June I appealed to the readers of this blog to sign the petition ONE OF US. I am very happy to announce that the initiative succeeded in surpassing the one million signature threshold needed to be recognised as a valid European Citizen’s...

Buy one, get the rest (almost) for free!

In a tweet sent yesterday, our Auxiliary Bishop Mgr Charles Scicluna made an appeal to Maltese MPs: “Do we really need to put Malta’s citizenship on sale? Is citizenship a bond or commodity? What else is on sale?” These are very legitimate...

‘You cannot shoot my dream’

One of the things that shocked me most during the last couple of weeks was the reading of Terry Philpot’s article in The Tablet of October 12. In ‘Falling through the net’ Philpot wrote about the protection (or the lack) of children in...

Scicluna to the pillory

It is now Bishop Scicluna’s turn to be sent to the pillory by l-orizzont. He follows in the footsteps of Pope Benedict and Bishop Mario Grech. I dare not mention myself because who am I to be placed – even remotely – in the same league as these...

On bridges and gay marriages

This week the Church in Malta issued two statements. On Wednesday the Maltese bishops published a one page statement (excluding references) about the proposed legislating of civil unions. Then on Thursday the Church’s Inter-diocesan Commission’s...

Bad News for Refugees

Bad News for Refugees In my commentary on The Sunday Times of Malta of tomorrow (October 13, 2013) I briefly commented on the book ‘Bad News for Refugees’ just published by Pluto Press. The authors, Greg Philo, Emma Briant and Pauline Donald who...

The leprosy of the papacy

The ink on Pope Francis’s first interview was still fresh on the presses when he gave a second interview. This is not bad for a man who said that he used to dislike interviews. But this method of proceeding was, I believe, strategic. The first...

The Tal-Qroqq savannah comes to life

I remember very clearly a sequence from a programme on Animal Planet. The documentary was about a savannah in Africa. The summer period is dry and desolate. Death is in the air. Torpor is the order of the day. Then the first rain falls and the...

No porn please, we are Swedish

My commentary in The Sunday Times of Malta of September 22 discussed the decision of the Swedish hotel chain – Nordic Choice Hotels - to ban porn movies from their 171 hotels. I commented that "It is ironical that a company in liberal Sweden...