Malta: No more “Until death do us part.”

Largely Catholic nation was last EU member to not allow divorce but country votes for change in law through referendum.

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Editor’s note: See the Guardian’s reader comments for a sampling of rampant UK anti-Catholicism.

Catholic Church in Malta accused of conducting crusade against divorce, when the real ‘crusade’ is against the Church.

The divorce referendum campaign, now in its final stage, has been marked by misinformation, twisting of facts and half-truths.

It has, above all, been characterised by a veritable barrage of vituperation against the Church and the Catholic faith. The Church has been accused of conducting a crusade against the introduction of divorce in Malta, when in fact the ‘crusade’ has been carried out against the Church.

The Press in Malta has been dominated by anticlerical, ‘liberal’ and ‘progressive’ writers who have been harping for years about the ‘need’ of a divorce law for Malta. But in their writings on divorce they have shown an astonishing intolerance towards the Church.

If someone holds prayers for family unity, and if some priest dares make some comment against divorce, these are quickly labelled “corrupt practices”. When a parish priest put up a poster saying “God does not want divorce” it was billed as “outrageous”. Bishop Mario Grech’s forthright spelling out of the duty of Christians and how they should behave, and even the Bishops’ joint pastoral letter, issued last Saturday, have similarly provoked a storm of criticism and bile against the Church.

But when some priest or former priest seems to say something which sounds at variance with the teachings of the Church, something which these writers can use to their own ends – much as the devil does when quoting Scripture – then it does not matter at all that a priest has spoken about divorce.

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Editor’s note: Two scripture passages come to mind:

Psalms 81:8-12  Hear, O my people, and I will testify to thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken to me, there shall be no new god in thee: neither shalt thou adore a strange god. For I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. But my people heard not my voice: and Israel hearkened not to me. So I let them go according to the desires of their heart: they shall walk in their own inventions.

2Thessalonians 2:7-12 For the mystery of iniquity already worketh: only that he who now holdeth do hold, until he be taken out of the way. And then that wicked one shall be revealed: whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: him Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power and signs and lying wonders: And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish: because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying: That all may be judged who have not believed the truth but have consented to iniquity.

“Judas Goat” Doug Kmiec served his purpose. Now Obama administration can’t wait to dump him.

During the last presidential election, Doug Kmiec lured untold numbers of misinformed Catholics over to the Obama (pro-death) side. Obama promptly paid him off with the ambassadorial post to Malta. But now, with little chance of pulling off that trick again, it’s time for Kmiec to go. Besides … there’s only so many ambassadorships (political plums) available to hand out!

Kmiec had originally proposed that he depart on August 15, the feast of the Assumption. However, after President Obama accepted his resignation, the State Department asked him to leave two-and-a-half months earlier.

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Editor’s note: Kmiec should have known: “You lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas.”

Saint Thomas More would probably say, “Why Douglas, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world… but for a temporary appointment as Ambassador to Malta?”

Jesus would probably put it this way, “Behold thou art made whole: sin no more, lest some worse thing happen to you.” (John 5:14)

Kmiek finally gets his political payoff from Obama: Appointed U.S. Ambassador to Malta

kmiek“What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but suffers the loss of his soul?”

But Dougy … for Obama and Malta

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