A Church in transition: a challenge to leadership?

David Cilia

The divorce referendum and the reactions to the pastoral letter on IVF have clearly revealed unease within the leadership of the Maltese Church to adapt to changes in society.  The Bishops were only reiterating Catholic teaching that is proclaimed the world over, so why did the message create so much distance from the Maltese faithful? Reality is that our society is undergoing rapid cultural change.  ...

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Virtually Generous

Anton D'Amato

In a time when the virtual is very real and the distant is becoming every day closer, we might be running the risk of unconsciously limiting human relations to the virtual realm. December is a time when most feel jolly and, as it goes, more generous with others. Whether this generosity is due to being in good spirits or the other way round, is difficult to ...

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Real Dialogue and Fear

Fr Blake

A reply to Fr David’s blog Regarding Fr. David’s first entry in his blog I wish to make some remarks. Real dialogue (as in a friendly conversational exchange) can only take place if all sides are sincere enough to put their cards on the table by sharing their modus operandi. People like the late Christopher Hitchens fail to do so. It is my intention is to ...

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Are European Values in Conflict with Maltese Identity? Interview with Eddie Fenech Adami

Pyt Farrugia

Pete Farrugia speaks with former President of Malta Eddie Fenech Adami about the country’s place in a changing European environment, and the particular challenges of conscience we all face today.   The interview began without fuss or ceremony. The Former President and PN leader led us to an inviting sitting room and while the camera was being set up, he opened with a few remarks ...

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Why is the Vatican a State?

Anton D'Amato

Covering an area of less than 0.5km sq and having a population of around 800 persons (mostly clerics) the Vatican, or to be precise the Holy See, is officially a state and enjoys the status of a Permanent Observer to the UN (without voting rights). It has diplomatic relations with most of the nation states and various international bodies, including the EU, and is signatory to ...

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A Sign of the Way Things Are

Nadia Delicata

It’s certainly a sign of the times that zuntier has ceased being only the in-between space between “church” and “pjazza” and has become… yet another dot.com. Yet in this remarkable cultural transition—that is even more astonishing, because we take it for granted!—one thing has not changed. Zuntier continues to be a space of encounter; a ground for conversation, gossip and debate; the ripe in-between “reality” that bridges two realms. Our ...

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Life Is Beautiful: Live It With A Smile

Maria Vella

With social media and accessible internet on our smartphones and tablets, news gets passed on very quickly amongst us. Unfortunately the negative reports are the ones that tend to spread faster. One is easily reminded in Dun Rene’s tragic death last Sunday. A news that shocked us all and got us thinking on the fragility of life. Yet despite living through sad, challenging, and unjust ...

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James Bond and Vatican Council II

Sinclair Bugeja

It seems coincidental, or maybe providential, that the year 2012 shall be marked with the golden anniversary of two apparently disjointed events: the release of the first James Bond movie and the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Both had lasting effects on the areas to which they pertain yet the significance of their co-existence for the past fifty years may not be apparent at ...

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If Secularists are so Rational, why am I not one?

David Cilia

Secularism, as a movement, has its own core beliefs and they are clearly spelled out in humanist and secularist websites.  The movement claims that is suffices to organize society around rational and free thinking, and that religions should not enjoy any special privilege and should not interfere in the building of society by influencing the process through their beliefs, power or status.  This would render ...

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