Some Catholic Circles look down on Eros

Mgr Charles J. Scicluna

The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual persons are called to the love of chaste friendship. They are called to the union of friendship. They are not called to the union of marriage because marriage is not simply any union between any two persons. Marriage is the permanent union between one man and one woman who are called to become one flesh in the mutual gift ...

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D-Day: 9th March 2013

David Cilia

Elections should be a natural democratic process in a free society where citizens, affiliatively organized in political parties, compete with alternative programs of government to attract the approval of the majority of their fellow citizens. In a highly polarized, practically bi-partisan, society as ours, election day has become D-Day.  Nerves are high, parties are at each other’s neck, and the grassroots are mobilized.  Each hour ...

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The remarkable papacy of Benedict XVI

Andre Debattista

Right from the start he was labelled as arch-conservative and inflexible; in the words of one tabloid, “God’s Rottweiler.” The announcement of Pope Benedict’s abdication from the See of Rome took everyone by surprise. Throughout his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI provoked different reactions. His detractors often engaged in vitriolic tirades which sought to denigrate, rather than engage, with the Pontiff. These diatribes, when not a summary ...

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Nothing is so like God as Silence

Christian Colombo

It’s been years now since I could be considered a practicing Christian. So you can imagine my surprise when I was asked to contribute to Admittedly, I had never heard of the website but I was impressed by both its presentation and the idea of dialogue it promotes. Having an insider and an outsider’s point of view of the Church, I accepted the invitation ...

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What Ratzinger Did

Anton D'Amato

Upon hearing the news I was at first speechless and had to frenetically scroll through my tablet, while sitting at a canteen table, from one news website to another to confirm whether this was a joke (I realized that it was not April’s Fool and that the Vatican is not used to such jokes either). Within a couple of minutes I realised it was true; the ...

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Abandoning Carnival Masks for St. Valentine’s

Antoinette Laferla

This year St Valentine’s Day is being celebrated exactly two days after Carnival – this made me think… Are we leaving our masks on when we say we love each other? Are we just fooling about when we talk about love? Have we truly forgotten the meaning of love altogether and consider it as a synonym of sex? Let me start with issues which I ...

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A Mature Approach to the Upcoming Elections


For many of us youths, this shall be our first experience of casting our opinion, thus helping determine the future of our nation. Without the inevitable drama and appearance contest, such a feat already seems huge; add the two completely different directions our parties are proposing, and you’ll soon find yourself begging to be spared from this trauma. Yet, voting is a duty as well ...

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Vote According to Your Personal Interest

Anton D'Amato

On March 9th, at some point in time you will have the opportunity to put yourself in a wooden cubical, with a curtain behind you, a long paper in front of you, a red pencil in your hand and a list of names to choose from. Depending next to who’s name you will write the famous “unu” will determine the choice of who you wish ...

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Romina Tolu

The word ‘homophobia’ gets thrown around a lot. People tweet about it, against it, and tweet homophobically. People in power are accused of being homophobes. The LGBT community hate it. There is a day against it. Homophobia and Transphobia are everywhere around us. This irrational, extreme fear to homosexuality, and/or trans persons bullies, hurts and insults people. People you know. People you love. As with ...

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On Nature and its Expressions

Nadia Delicata

As I flipped mindlessly through the channels after a busy day, a reality show chronicling the pregnancy and birth story of a couple caught my attention somewhat. At first I thought it was the “regular” (though nothing is quite “regular” on television, is it?) incredible story about a mystery pregnancy or multiple-births story, but soon I became more engrossed as I realized that the couple ...

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