Divorce campaign: We wish we could have contributed more - Archbishop

Archbishop Paul Cremona said today that he wished the Church had been in a position to make a bigger financial contribution to the campaign against divorce.

"We did our duty when he made a financial contribution to the campaign for divorce not to be introduced in our country," Mgr Cremona said during Mass for the activists of the anti-divorce movement (Zwieg bla divorzju).

Earlier, the anti-divorce movement said its campaign had cost €236,000 and it received a contribution of €180,000 from the Church. (See separate story at ).

Mgr Cremona said he wished  that the Church could have contributed more for the movement to inform the people about the harm of divorce.

Mgr Cremona thanked all those who had worked to defend the permanence of marriage.

He said that although the anti-divorce movement was secular and worked independently of the Church, it had, like the Church, worked to inform the people in favour of permanent marriage.

He said the Church continued to have a duty to protect marriage, and its work to benefit society would continue.

Its work would continue not only through financial means but also through the services of hundreds of volunteers who served in the Cana Movement and in parishes to prepare couples for marriage.

The Church, he said, was the only institution in Malta which prepared couples for marriage and sheltered children who did not have a proper family environment.  Those couples whose marriage ran into trouble found help from the Church.

Thousands of young people received their formation from the Church, first and foremost. The Church was also the institution which helped drug addicts.

The Church's heart was always with families, and it had therefore contributed financially to keep divorce out.

Mgr Cremona urged society to contribute more for Malta to have strong families since that was the best for the people and families.


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