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  • In the name of the father?

    In the name of the father?

    Writing his piece L’histoire de Juliette in 1797, the notorious Marquis de Sade (registered in history as the originator of the word “sadism”) included a phrase which described religion as “this opium you feed your people”. Almost at the same...

  • To speak or not to speak

    Love him or hate him. Agree with him or disagree with him. Whatever your preference, you have to agree that he showed great intellectual honesty and courage. I write of Bishop Charles Scicluna and his position against spring hunting expressed...

  • Data protection reform

    All around the world, new technologies are emerging fast: big data, cloud computing, the internet of things have become a reality. However, are we ready, too? New digital technologies know no borders but our laws still do. If we want to make...

  • Amnesty for social benefit abusers

    With the government announcing yet another amnesty, this time for social benefit abusers, it would seem that what ought to be considered as an exception is being turned into an administrative rule. Amnesties are always likely to raise issues of...

  • The freedom to offend

    The freedom to offend

    Our belief in freedom of conscience and freedom of expression – the liberty to express our concerns, the freedom to worship who we want, or not to worship at all – go right to the heart of western democratic values and civilisation. It is...

  • Greetings to a tenor

    Today is a special day for our friend, (birthday boy) tenor Paul Asciak. Happy birthday dear friend! God bless you. Honoured as we are by Paul’s friendship, we are even more delighted by his frequent invitations to his house in St Paul’s Bay where...

  • Bold, consistent leader

    Simon Busuttil did not waste any time to get himself busy in the New Year. His bold and decisive decision to reshuffle his shadow cabinet was well received from party faithful and pundits alike. Such decisions are not easy but the party leader did...

  • Stopping online hatred

    It’s a fact that cyberbullying and its effects have become one of the worst living nightmares for many children and parents alike. An ever-greater number of children are being bullied online as well as through text messages and other social...

  • Transport meeting

    I would like to refer to the article entitled ‘New bus bosses hit first bump’ (January 22). Transport Malta expresses its disappointment at comments that were attributed to a spokesperson of Union Ħaddiema Magħqudin regarding a meeting which was...

  • Apply doctrine to life’s realities

    Apply doctrine to life’s realities

    It has been reported (January 19) that Pope Francis, in a youth gathering at a Catholic university in Manila last week, was moved by a question posed by a 12-year-old girl who had been abandoned. It has been stated that the girl broke down in...

  • The rabbit question

    With reference to the item from World Briefs (January 22), I have it from a reliable source that Pope Francis was very careful not to discredit the sexual prudence of rabbits in captivity. His Holiness was in fact referring to rabbits living in...

  • Catechism on animals (1)

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church says nothing about hunting. It speaks of animals in general. It says that God entrusted them to the stewardship of humans. Hence, it is legitimate to use them for food and clothing. Par. 2417 states:...

  • Catechism on animals (2)

    Although I’m an atheist, I kind of like St Francis of Assisi, who used to speak to birds. I’m sure he would vote against spring hunting.

  • Reasons to stop abortion

    Life starts at the moment of conception. This is the definition given in any respectable medical textbook. To declare a beginning of life at any point after the fusing of a wife’s egg and a husband’s contribution is irrational and an exercise in...

  • Greek election: unfolding tragedy?

    What many had predicted has now happened. Syriza, a radical left wing party, led by its charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras, has won the Greek election by a bigger margin than expected, even if Greece still needs a coalition government. Financial...

  • ‘Full up!’

    Referring to Angelo Polidano’s letter ‘Bus route of shame’ (January 13), it was ever thus, sincetime immemorial. It is almost laid down in stone. I have been coming to Malta since 1975, when I was stationed here with the Commando engineers. In...

  • Another Valletta?

    Another Valletta?

    Having read the brief article about Valletta having been short-listed for the European Best Destination 2015 title, I duly cast my vote. I was a little surprised to see that the other nominees were identified just by their name, for example Rome,...

  • Will flyers now switch to budget?

    I read with interest the letter in Wednesday’s Times of Malta concerning the alterations to the in-flight service offered by Air Malta. I totally agree with the correspondent. I travel three or four times a year to Malta and on each occasion...

  • Intolerance of the tolerant

    Following the massacre in Paris, Voltaire’s famous saying about his willingness to die to give others freedom of expression, even if he personally disagreed with the thoughts expressed, has often been quoted. It is a pity that the French...

  • Travelling in the future

    In the Back to the Future movies, 2015 was the year to which Michael J. Fox travelled forward in time. The movies predicted that we would be driving flying cars, have electronics in virtually everything and life would be lived at a quicker pace as...

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