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Getting stuck in tradition

In The Mystic Heart, Wayne Teasdale clearly distinguishes between being rooted in tradition and being stuck in it. To be rooted in a strong faith tradition where inspiring values of compassion, mercy, charity and family unity are transmitted from...

  • The Muslims are here

    I read with great interest the feedback generated by my Talking Point last week, ‘The Muslims are coming’. It showed that freedom of speech is alive and well in Malta. Sadly, so is the suspicion and fear of difference, the belief that the gulf...

  • Libya, east and west

    Libya, east and west

    The sad news coming from Libya is not easy to keep up with. There are now two rival national parliaments, one in the west, another in the east, in addition to two prime ministers. And foreign military intervention has begun, with air strikes...

  • Proud to be a Jew

    Proud to be a Jew

    I refer to articles about Gaza by Imam Mohammad Elsadi and Louis Cilia (August 15). While Cilia says the EU welcomed April’s announcement of a unity government of Fatah and Hamas, the EU regards Hamas as a terrorist organisation although it has...

  • The truth will set you free

    Lino Spiteri, for reasons known only to him, alleges that an attempted coup against Archbishop Paul Cremona is in the air (August 26). I do not hold this against him. His background is politics where, it seems, plots, coups, back-room stabbings...

  • Turmoil in the Church

    Turmoil in the Church

    It has been a great sadness to those who love the Maltese Church to see its dirty linen being exposed so ruthlessly to public gaze. While commentators – outsiders like me – have long spoken of the need for the Maltese Church to renew itself after...

  • Authentic Christians

    I refer to the Talking Point by Sandro Spiteri (August 22) and the report the following day in which it was stated that I encouraged Islamophobia during the Sunday homily of August 17 at the Marsascala parish where I serve. The fact that I was...

  • Silence of the cemeteries

    In the summer heat, a heated debate rages about the challenges the Church in Malta is facing. That the Maltese Church has a problem of leadership can be seen by all bar those who don’t want to see. That the Church has been silenced is evident to...

  • Coup against Cremona

    In my unsplendid isolation, I sometimes try to follow snatches of what is going on so that I am not completely cut off. From what I follow there is no doubt that the hatchets are out for the Archbishop, Mgr Paul Cremona. He is not only getting it...

  • Rising of the priests

    Rising of the priests

    Our latter-day generation of liberals must have been rubbing their hands in glee all last week as an apparent internal revolt against the leadership of the Maltese Church broke out. It is only apparent because no one really knows what is going on...

  • Economic vision to ponder

    Malta needs an economic vi-sion which is shared by all stakeholders if it is to achieve the targets set within the Europe 2020 strategy. This is the overall message of the Economic Vision 2014-2020 published by the Malta Chamber of Commerce,...

  • There is no right to be a bigot

    Besieged by ethnic leaders from practically every community, the wider public and his very own party, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott made a stunning backdown from a crusade to water down and remake the Racial Discrimination Act. After...

  • The real ALS challenge

    Times of Malta journalist Ariadne Massa has asked me to “be a sport” and take the ice bucket challenge. There is nothing that would make me happier than to take up the gauntlet and participate in this commendable cause. The ALS ice bucket...

  • A time-bomb to set off or defuse

    Turks are accusing Syrian refugees of knife attacks, sexual harassment and looting. Scuffles have ensued. The same is happening in other countries too. Groups of different ethnicity, nationality, culture and religion can, when mixed, lead to...

  • Presidential pardon for Comino

    Two weeks ago, the President took a detour from a day trip to Gozo to visit Comino. It turned out to be little more than a stopover during which Her Excellency apparently met with employees of the hotel and the four remaining residents of the island.

  • A strategic direction

    Summer recess notwithstanding, thanks to the collective effort of its human resources and external collaborators, our ministry has continued to pursue its strategic direction in sync with its electoral programme and Budget 2014 commitments. About...

  • Priests: 50 shades of grey

    People come in different shapes and colours – so do priests. Maltese priests are still numerous, but in other countries priests are becoming extinct. Yet there is a new breed that is coming up – more Christ-centred, assertive and idealistic. My...

  • Education – what a good idea

    They might not admit it and most certainly would not want to see it written down in black and white, in so many words, on The Sunday Times of Malta, but here goes: my parents were quite blasé about my education. They probably didn’t realise it then.

  • Dancing in the dark

    Last week Fr Joe Borg broke ranks and wrote what has long been muttered sottovoce for a long time. In a nutshell, he said that the Church in Malta is facing a crisis of leadership and that the powers-that-be should get their act together or risk...

  • Church transfusion after effects

    Usually I write stuff I like writing about. Sometimes, however, I write things that cannot go unwritten. Last Sunday’s column was an example of the latter. Three sentences from that piece elicited discussion. In the din that followed, what I...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    I probably stand a good chance of finding my car tyres slashed after I write this, but I may be one of the very, very few people who never quite got the reason behind all the hype surrounding Star Wars. I’m sure that coming from someone who writes...

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