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Fr Joe Borg

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...

Protest against the carnage in Pakistan

The savage suicide bombing attack on an Anglican church in Pakistan is just the latest in a long series of violent attacks against Christian in Pakistan. This attack has struck the world headlines more than others because of its excessive brutality.

Somalis and Air Malta pilots

According to a story currently being reported on timesofmalta.com a group of 29 Somali immigrants have been charged in court this afternoon, accused of trying to escape detention early today. The detention officers noticed the escape bid and...

Banalities and preposterous prepositions

I have long been waiting to comment on the homily delivered by Bishop Grech on the occasion of the feast of Our Lady of Loreto (September 1). Bishop Grech used the religious occasion to address a subject of great pastoral and national importance:...

Good bye, my friend

To-day I say the final good bye to a dear friend of mine, Fr Anton Sammut. The phone call that woke me up last Monday at 5.15am came as a surprise. It was our energetic parish priest, Fr Josef Mifsud. “Dun Anton has died”, he said sadly. I was...