Humanity at the Crossroads

Pietre Vive Malta

Reflection on “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymous Bosch (c. 1500) “For he spake and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast”. So does Hieronymous Bosch introduce us to this most stunning Triptych, which we now call “The Garden of Earthly Delights”. On the exterior shutters, the Earth on its third day of creation is presented – pristine, sacred, almost deceiving the ...

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Seeking Hope, Part 2

Fr Jimmy Bonnici

Beyond the establishment and anti-establishment Analysis of recent political trends reveals that there is a dissatisfaction with the “establishment” that is entrenched in its self-serving policies and not listening to the aspirations of the people. In this context, to portray oneself as “anti-establisment” can also become trendy. Yet, does this condone and justify a divisive, demeaning language that demonizes “the other”? Beyond that, and more ...

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Diversità

Wayne Farrugia

Jekk timraħ f’dak li hu preżenti fi żmienna, tintebaħ kemm hawn aljenazzjonijiet. Il-kunċett ta’ aljenazzjoni kif muri fil-qasam soċjoloġiku permezz ta’ teoriji klassiċi kif ukoll kontemporanji, jirreferi għal tip ta’ kundizzjoni fir-relazzjonijiet soċjali waqt li tirrifletti grad baxx fl-integrazzjoni u grad għoli t’iżolazzjoni bejn l-individwi. Skont it-teorija Marxista l-aljenazzjoni titfaċċa minħabba li l-individwi jgħixu f’soċjetà msejsa minn klassijiet soċjali diversi. Meta tqabbel ir-relazzjoni bejn l-individwi ...

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Seeking Hope, Part 1

Fr Jimmy Bonnici

According to the Washington Post, Clinton and Trump raised slightly more than 2 billion dollars for their campaign for Presidency. The Seminary in Malta – crowdfunded from parishes – gets an average of €120,000 for the entire year. So it might sound stupid to explore how to prepare young people as priests for the post-Trump era. The impression one gets is that it is more ...

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Desiring Difference

Pyt Farrugia

It seems to me that the human struggle to make sense of desire, both conscious and unconscious, is universal. After all, we are created in this way – we are in need of one another, irrespective of our cultural background, gender identity, sexual orientation, or systems of belief. It is also here that we hurt and harm each other the most. The place of our ...

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Sacredlessness

Jean Claude Attard

Making sense of 2016 might be a tricky endeavour. Our anxieties about clothing this past year, however, offer a glimpse of what we have been through, and perhaps even more significantly, why. This comes as no surprise. Fashions mirror values, they are a reliable barometer of change, and whatever trend we attempt to prohibit, more often rather than not, hides a far deeper fear. A ...

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To Life and Good Health, Part 2

Benjamin Portelli

In my last post, I concluded with the suggestion that Malta has had the benefit of hindsight and vicarious learning when it came to the application of certain policies and changes to culture, and that through observing the progress of other countries before jumping on any bandwagon, it was able to inform prudent decisions. One such issue was recently brought into the spotlight by the ...

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Male and female he created them… and whoops!

Mario Gerada

One of the quotes frequently used when discussing gender and sexual orientation matters – which always includes a discussion about unions and marriage, is the first creation narrative, often quoted very solemnly, “… male and female he created them…”, and for those who believe, this is a serious and foundational text, revered as sacred. Personally, when confronted with this quote, I am not annoyed at ...

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To Life and Good Health, Part 1

Benjamin Portelli

There is a peaceful little church in Rabat that’s commonly known as Tas-Saħħa, though it has two dedications, one as a Church of St Francis, and the other as a Sanctuary of Our Lady of Good Health. I had the good fortune of being shown around the church by Fr Eugene Teuma, a friar there, who mentioned that the current church is built on top ...

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‘Should I take the Pill the “morning after”?’ Some considerations

Nadia Delicata

It has finally arrived. Neofarma Pharmaceuticals, the undisputed winner in the much hotly debated question of whether emergency contraceptives should be available in local pharmacies or not, has announced that “the long-awaited morning-after pill” is now available over-the-counter, that is, without medical prescription, for women of child-bearing age. As of December 14 2016, Neofarma Pharmaceuticals is distributing in local pharmacies an ulipristal acetate emergency contraceptive, ...

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