The Malta Independent 20 June 2019, Thursday

In New Zealand

Alfred Sant Thursday, 21 March 2019, 07:43 Last update: about 4 months ago

The news of the terrorist tragedy at Christchurch really rocked you. Because so many innocent people were gunned down. Because they were killed under atrocious conditions. Because executions were conducted “live” on social media. Because of the fact that many victims were already on the run from persecution in their own country. Because of the idea we had of New Zealand as a peaceful and calm community, which it is...

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I remember Christchurch as it stood before it got disfigured by the earthquake that struck it after my visit. You would arrive there after having travelled through a flat countryside, all in green, cluttered with meadows where flocks of fat sheep seemed to be thriving just by living a good life. Then you entered a city which seemed to flourish on the basis of a European lifestyle, part rustic, part cultured, kept like so over the last two centuries. Everything was spick and span, calm.

As of now, I still find it difficult to imagine how such a senseless massacre could have happened in Christchurch and at such a horrible level of savagery. However, to be sure, terrorist acts will continue to play wherever one believes they cannot actually occur.

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What remains to be done?

Has the Labour administration implemented its vision for the country or are there still things that need to be done?

Personally, I feel that quite a very important part of what Labour prospected for Malta in the past ten years has been accomplished, though I did think initially that the proposals being made were too ambitious. I knew how tough would be the difficulties and hassles placed in the path of a Labour government once it came to carry out what it was elected to do.

I agree that this approach gave good results, even in areas where for one reason or another, the government is not being given sufficient credit for what it has already accomplished.

What needs to be done now is that the Labour government should marshall all its resources to maintain the momentum and to implement all that still awaits delivery.

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Catholic Church

I hardly know how the Catholic Church can hope to resolve the enormous problems that it faces. They were not triggered right now or even the day before yesterday. They must have been festering and spreading in the structures of Catholicism for centuries, while everybody kept looking the other way.

In such a crisis, any clerical setup runs the grave risk of being considered as totally evil and totally rotten.

Now, I am far from being a supporter of the Catholic Church but neither do I consider all that it has done or is doing as evil. To the contrary, I have to agree that much of what it advocates and practises is useful and praiseworthy, despite another flaw embedded in the Church – that of promoting the view that only its initiatives are the right ones.

So the huge dilemma that the Church must confront at present reads as follows: How can it eradicate the evil that has infiltrated its organization without destroying those elements of it which are valid and praiseworthy?

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