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Opinion

  • The Church at the crossroads

    Has Pope Francis crossed the Ru-bicon with the issue of his Amoris Laetitia?  Has the Church, at last, reached the point of no return in its reform process started by Pope John XXIII with Vatican Council II in 1962 and continuously resisted by...

  • Unworkable media law

    Unworkable media law

    The government’s draft Bill updating the law governing the media and defamation (MADA) has been heavily criticised. Even so, you could say the critics have pulled their punches. They have focused almost exclusively on those aspects of MADA which...

  • Trump’s first month

    Donald Trump has been President of the United States for one month. During this short period, one can already get a feel of what his presidency will be like. In many media outlets, he has been reviled and pilloried for many of his actions. A...

  • Move to clinical legal education

    From October 2016, clinical legal education has become a compulsory subject of the masters of advocacy degree. It relates to case studies of many of the major legal issues practising advocates come in contact with. This is done through simulation...

  • Time to build bridges, not walls

    The contemporary period presents extra-ordinary challenges for economic, religious and social issues, law and order, extremism and of rapid changes in global politics. The religious and political divisions are increasing. Traditional politics is...

  • EU summit’s damp squib

    EU summit’s damp squib

    The politics of Europe are about to be fundamentally reshaped with important elections scheduled over the next months in the Netherlands, France and Germany. In each of these countries control of borders and security protection from the war zones...

  • Novelty of ‘The Joy of Love’

    Novelty of ‘The Joy of Love’

    Lately Malta through its bishops hit the headlines of various Catholic news agencies and websites because of the criteria they issued last month about the application of Pope Francis’s document Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) regarding persons...

  • A challenge for our families

    It shouldn’t take a genius to realise that an increase in demand for rental accommodation will result in an increase in rental prices, creating a ripple effect on Maltese society. The pressure created by rocketing rent prices is being felt across...

  • Time to be reasonable

    With the turmoil in the west taking a turn for the worse, I begin to wonder whether there might be any long-term consequences from shouting ‘racist’, ‘fascist’, ‘misogynist’ and ‘bigot’ all the time. Indeed, it is highly likely that the left-wing...

  • The political situation

    One need not be an expert political analyst to predict that the Labour Party led by Joseph Muscat will easily win the next general election. Indeed, I rarely remember Labour being in such a strong position and the Nationalists being so shambolic.

  • How times truly change

    A few decades ago we would wait an age to learn the news, and breaking news would hardly ever be immediate. Now we have instant news at our fingertips – but even this instantaneous delivery of news cannot keep up with the corruption and misdeeds...

  • Garnishees and media gagging

    The recent case of Economy Minister Chris Cardona suing out a garnishee order against blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia raises pertinent legal considerations related to media freedom. First, can the institute of civil procedure be used to gag the...

  • Equivalent political parties?

    Voters who are attracted to smaller parties may face difficult choices in Maltese general elections. Should they vote for a small party which reflects their beliefs, or should they vote for one of the two large parties? Voting for the former will...

  • Inclusion of Catholics

    Inclusion of Catholics

    A couple of days after the release of our bishops’ publication of their guidelines on how to pastorally interpret chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia, I decided to go and watch Martin Scorsese’s Silence at the cinema. At the time, I hadn’t made an...

  • Teach the signs of bad relationships

    Teach the signs of bad relationships

    This week a distraught friend told me how her husband of over 15 years had been, for the last year, behaving rather oddly. He started telling her – daily – that he only stayed with her because he pitied her; that he had never really enjoyed her...

  • Giving Malta to its people, starting today

    The political cleavage that seems to be everlasting in Malta is that between those who believe in open government guided by modern European values and those who treat the government as a fiefdom, akin to their private property. Four years ago,...

  • Widening credibility gap

    These days there’s a lot of handwringing because the public doesn’t trust politicians. We are told repeatedly that the public doesn’t appreciate the pressures, the long hours, the responsibilities and the goldfish bowl existence that’s part and...

  • Politics for our common home

    The Nationalist Party recently issued another policy document titled “A better quality of life for you. Proposals on the environment.” The operative word in the title is “you” who has the right to “a better quality of life”. The proposals referred...

  • St Paul’s in troubled waters

    An appeal was launched last week to raise the money necessary to restore St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral in Valletta. What makes the matter urgent is that the exterior especially is coming apart very quickly indeed. The people behind this appeal...

  • In opposite directions

    A survey has shown that 80 per cent of the population think the government should stop more building in the countryside. But press reports suggest that ODZ permits are still being given out like cheesecakes. In this tiny country, the government...

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