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  • More lay boots on the ground

    The Curia’s decision to introduce permanent deacons has been long coming. Vatican Council II restored the permanent diaconate half a century ago paving the way for lay Church members, even if married, to celebrate marriages, baptisms, funerals,...

  • Stand united behind new archbishop

    This is an open plea to those involved in the selection of a new archbishop and, eventually, to the selected person himself. There is the utmost need to seek unity among the faithful. There are two aspects that have been worrying me and I am sure...

  • A touch of Pope Francis

    A touch of Pope Francis

    Another bishop, another search for a superhero. Nearly eight years after Mgr Paul Cremona was declared the successor of Mgr Joseph Mercieca, I am braced for another round of prescriptions from very serious people, both in and outside the Church,...

  • Not the end if Air Malta folds

    Not the end if Air Malta folds

    Air Malta needs a strategic shareholding partner if it’s going to survive. It not only needs to balance the books but also make significant profits to eventually buy new aircraft. It’s most unlikely to manage all this if it’s going to...

  • When time stands still

    I wonder whether I might use these columns to ask Melita to sort out the problems I am having with their TV package. In August, I signed up for their TV and broadband and everything was installed and worked perfectly. I then decided to upgrade to...

  • Disillusioned customers

    I have been e-mailing and speaking to representatives of Melita plc for quite some time regarding an erroneous debit by them to my bank account. I have been assured both verbally as well as in writing that this was to be corrected in the...

  • MPs’ parking

    There is a rumour that the only centrally-located parking area in Valletta (opposite the Central Bank) is to be taken over for parliamentary vehicles. If this is true, it would be one of the most selfish acts of our parliamentarians, so...

  • Watch: Fr Joe Borg: I do not regret what I wrote about Church leadership

    Watch: Fr Joe Borg: I do not regret what I wrote about Church leadership

    The latest edition of Times Talk discussed Archbishop Paul Cremona’s resignation, which has left the Maltese Church in a vacuum. Was it just his poor health which dictated his decision to step down? How did the public react to the first...

  • Morality 101

    Name-dropping of the pseudo-intellectual sort makes me break out in hives and the level indulged in by Michael Axiaq – him of the Ph.D in morality and the rigid morals to match – on yesterday’s edition of Times Talk reached a rather spectacular...

  • A gentleman, a professional

    I was shocked yesterday when Anna, Manni Spiteri’s wife, phoned to say that Manni had just suddenly died. We had shared so many great experiences together that I came to know him as a close friend, a true gentleman and an avid professional. Manni...

  • IS are terrorists, not Muslims

    A recent article by Hannah Roberts in The Tablet, a Catholic weekly international magazine, quotes a close Muslim friend of Pope Francis urging the West not to play into the hands of IS militants by equating their acts of terror to a religious...

  • Unusual volume of incoming calls

    Melita customers are experiencing longer-than-usual call waiting times when contacting the company’s call centre. This unfortunate inconvenience resulted from a higher than usual incoming call traffic volume after a recent system upgrade led to...

  • PN had sent the wrong message on Armier

    PN had sent the wrong message on Armier

    Simon Busuttil was quoted in Times of Malta (October 10) as saying that he “would not have regularised the theft of public land by installing smart meters at the ‘illegal’ Armier boathouses and that he would have settled the matter without...

  • Hard measures needed on Ebola

    One temporarily unidentified case of Ebola could wipe out the entire population of a congested island like Malta. More than 200 doctors (in their immune-suits), nurses, health workers and lab technicians have already died while trying to treat...

  • Our unworldly pastor

    The Constitution gives us ample reason to see the transition period within Malta’s Catholic Church as something that is wider in importance than an issue for our Catholic community only. This would be especially so in a Malta, which has embraced...

  • Rebalancing of power

    Rebalancing of power

    Just after Malta’s Independence Day 50th anniversary celebrations, I wrote an article (‘Singapore and Malta’) in which I compared the way the two states had developed over the same period. Quite rightly, a number of people took me to task for my...

  • When ‘on track’ means the opposite

    The government may be delivering on its promise to reduce energy tariffs, its most important undertaking in the 2013 general election, but just 19 months into office it is facing a patch of rough weather. One year after the departure of Arriva, it...

  • Yawn! Here we go again

    Can you imagine if a multi million dollar global company had to declare that no matter how good its female employees are, no matter how qualified they get, no matter their experience, their skills and talents, and no matter how hard they try, they...

  • Limited value of Kartanzjan

    I would like to share my thoughts about the validity of holding a Kartanzjan in Malta and especially with the benefits that should be associated with it. I do find that holding it has no major value except if one generally makes use of public...

  • Impact of gridlock on the economy

    When an economist declares that at present a most serious challenge that the Maltese economy is facing is the cost of traffic congestion on businesses and households, one has good reason to worry. When this economist happens to be the Minister of...

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