Wikipedia should revise its bio on Malta – in particular in relation to religion. The 98% Catholics have spent the past week suggesting all sorts of mediocre ways to deal with illegal immigration, from shooting the boats to throwing them in quarries until they beg to be taken back. A number of this 98% are today marching in a pro ‘push-back’ rally tomorrow, after a protest against the same push backs was denied by the Social Democratic Government. Yes, you heard correctly – the social democrat government not some Le Pen version of the far right. The Government who is liberal and progressive, until they got elected that is. These people will today go follow their patron saint’s statue throughout town and praise the name of God to all who will listen. These people will enter a church tomorrow and receive Holy Communion.
My argument today however is nothing to do with the government. Enough people have discussed the deplorable behaviour by our dear boy scout Joseph Muscat. Here is one of the best ones if you are interested.
Today, my attack is on the Church of Malta. Not the church around the world. Pope Francis just a few hours before our Prime Minister did a grave mistake was saying:
“We have lost a sense of brotherly responsibility,” and “have forgotten how to cry” for migrants lost at sea.
What, you may ask did our darling Archbishop say in the face of such immoral acts? Nothing. I waited a week before I wrote this, hoping that a pastoral letter will be sent to all the churches. I was waiting for the Curia to issue a press release. For the Archbishop to request an immediate audience with the Prime Minister and the President. I waited, filled with hope, that if our Church was willing to spend so much money on a campaign against divorce last year, the very least they would do in the face of a push-back which goes against everything Jesus Christ thought us, is raise their voices.
Is that what our Church is about? Shunning divorce, co habitation and homosexuals but closing an eye to immoral acts and racism? Dear Archbishop, what are you waiting for? We got our faith thanks to an immigrant, our dear Saint Paul. Use the example of Jesus not to condemn or give authority to yourselves, but to defend those in need.
My faith in Jesus Christ is unwavering, but the faith in the Church of Malta is very rapidly fading.