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Imbalance between rights and duties brings suffering - Archbishop

Democracy depends upon a balance between rights and duties and in the absence of such balance, there is bound to be suffering, because citizens would not be afforded a fair deal, Archbishop Paul Cremona said.

In his message for Christmas, delivered from MCAST, the Archbishop says that citizens should be safeguarded from any form of injustice that causes suffering.

“If, in spite of the fact that you are a citizen, you are suffering, by being deprived from access to education and health services, or you endure some form of injustice, then your citizenship is not worth much.”

Mgr Cremona said that in the case of Malta it could well be that the citizens expect too much from their country, or from the European Union, without contributing enough towards the strengthening of democracy which sought the common good. 

“Leaders should do their utmost to ensure that any benefits emanating from their country and the European Union are available to one and all, and that nobody is marginalised for any reason whatsoever.

“Any form of discrimination should be abolished. In an ideal situation, every citizen will have enough of everything so that people can uphold the dignity they possess...

“For their part, all citizens are to offer their contribution so that society can achieve its objective in sharing the common good among all citizens.”

The Archbishop's message in full can be read in the pdf link below.

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