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Fair warning: it's from the CBC, so only read the comments at the end if you're not worried about your blood pressure or if you're on a ß-blocker.

Quote:Malta, a tiny, staunchly Catholic Mediterranean island, has voted in favour of legalizing divorce, according to the results of a referendum.

The island nation is the last remaining European Union country that bans divorce. But what had been billed as a historic referendum has ushered in a "new Malta," according to a leading politician.

Sunday's final results of the polling the day before showed that 52.67 per cent of people voted in favour of divorce, according to the Times of Malta.

Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi, who had campaigned against divorce, said parliament would respect the will of the people in the nonbinding referendum and work on legislation to legalize divorce.

"Even though the result is not what I wished for, now it is our duty to see that the will of the majority is respected," Gonzi said in a televised speech reported by the newspaper.

The issue has been hotly debated and allegiances went beyond= party lines.

"This is a conservative society, but Maltese still live like Europeans. This regularizes their lives," said analyst Saviour Balzan, whose newspaper, Malta Today, had campaigned in favour of the legalization of divorce. "It gives a new lifeline to hundreds of people."

Balzan also said the "Yes" victory makes Malta more European.

"Divorce is not an obligation for a member state, but it brings us closer to Europe," he told The Associated Press. "Europe is not just directives and legal impositions, it's also about culture.

Malta, which also bans abortion, has long Catholic traditions and the church's influence on the nation's 400,000 citizens is still significant. Some 95 per cent of the population calls itself Roman Catholic. Pope Benedict XVI visited the island last year.

The Catholic Church does not permit divorce but does allow annulments.

Joseph Muscat, the pro-divorce leader of the opposition Labor Party, said that a new Malta had been born, the Times of Malta reported. The head of the Divorce Movement, Deborah Schembri, said the committee would remain active until divorce legislation was enacted.

"Now the people have spoken, let us give them what they want," she was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

Turnout stood at around 72 per cent — a high figure by Western standards but among the lowest in Maltese voting. By contrast, turnout in the 2003 referendum on whether to join the EU stood at almost 91 per cent and at the last general election at over 93 per cent.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/...lized.html
This beautiful little island in the Med is slowly being dissolved away by bureaucracy from Europe. Is it to suffer the fate of other European nations and have its identity striped? You won't be able to buy a Kinnie (Maltese drink) or a pastizzi (pasty) soon... sorry only joking!
The European union is an evil secularist institution that pressures countries to conform to its will. It is such a shame that this Catholic bastion is being undermined.
Malta holds a special significance for me as i have been there many times and first discovered Catholicism there and felt God's call to the Faith. There are about 365 Churches in Malta and the richness of their decoration is truly a glimpse of Heaven, shame no regular Latin Mass though! The devoutness of most of Malta's people is also significant but unfortunately the vote did not go that way, next will be abortion, same sex partnerships etc but please God forbid.
Europe and the modern world are out to destroy the Catholic Faith because it is good and pure.
Malta is being pressured to accept Immigration from Africa, and unfortunately not all of these people are Christians. they tend to be Muslims which if they get into great numbers will take over the Place and turn it into a ghetto and push Christianity out!  They have done it in Britain! Anyone who stands up is threatened and put down.  >:(
I shouldn't have read those comments  :censored:

I don't have cardiac ailments but still not a good idea. In fact I have to not read ANY comments on ANY moral or church issue b/c the comments are ignorant and MEAN. One of the comments said that it was ironic the picture said Jesus Yes Divorce No since the "bible says he took up with that prostitute".  :realmad:

I've always admired the Maltese culture and wished I could move there!! Now they are going downhill like the rest of us.
We're hardly as downhill as the rest of Europe - I don't think we'll have abortion in my life time. But yes, a new Malta indeed. Very shameful. I (in part) blame the Bishops for failing to motivate the faithful in any meaningful way.  :pray2:
"Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi, who had campaigned against divorce, said parliament would respect the will of the people in the nonbinding referendum and work on legislation to legalize divorce."

That part just makes me shake my head.  A slim majority (still a majority, I admit) on a non-binding referendum on such an important matter and the Prime Minister just caves?

It's ironic that this supposedly great system, democracy, has led to the demise of so many Christian values.

Bring back the Papal States.
(05-29-2011, 05:44 PM)Pheo Wrote: [ -> ]"Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi, who had campaigned against divorce, said parliament would respect the will of the people in the nonbinding referendum and work on legislation to legalize divorce."

That part just makes me shake my head.  A slim majority (still a majority, I admit) on a non-binding referendum on such an important matter and the Prime Minister just caves?

It's ironic that this supposedly great system, democracy, has led to the demise of so many Christian values.

Bring back the Papal States.

Democracy is NOT a great system. The kind of divorce they're going to introduce is the one they have in Ireland (you'll have to wait 4 years of something). TBH, I'm still in shock about this whole thing. I just can't believe it.
Wow so you live in Malta?  I didn't mean to imply that you were as bad off as the rest of Europe it is just so sad to see this happen. Malta seemed like a Catholic Gem amidst all the sludge which makes it seem like a great place to live.
(05-29-2011, 05:56 PM)FaustinaClare Wrote: [ -> ]Wow so you live in Malta?  I didn't mean to imply that you were as bad off as the rest of Europe it is just so sad to see this happen. Malta seemed like a Catholic Gem amidst all the sludge which makes it seem like a great place to live.

Even Malta isn't safe anymore. The world hates the Church and our leaders in the Church are doing very little to stop it from getting worse. Anyway I'd best leave this thread for a while.
(05-29-2011, 05:59 PM)Melita Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-29-2011, 05:56 PM)FaustinaClare Wrote: [ -> ]Wow so you live in Malta?  I didn't mean to imply that you were as bad off as the rest of Europe it is just so sad to see this happen. Malta seemed like a Catholic Gem amidst all the sludge which makes it seem like a great place to live.

Even Malta isn't safe anymore. The world hates the Church and our leaders in the Church are doing very little to stop it from getting worse. Anyway I'd best leave this thread for a while.

Please don't leave the thread.  I want to hear your thoughts.  For some reason, I feel your opinion at this time is really important.

Yes, it is sad that the Maltese has voted for divorce.  I wonder if the vote was rigged. 

Interesting how, simultaneously on the other side of the world, they are about to allow contraception in the Philippines.  The last Catholic strongholds are falling.  Very sad.  I had this dream (pipe dream?) of one day buying a nice house in Malta and retiring there.  Perhaps even emigrate there with my family, if I could just get a job.

(05-29-2011, 05:39 PM)Melita Wrote: [ -> ]I (in part) blame the Bishops for failing to motivate the faithful in any meaningful way. 

You know, Melita, I think you are on to something here.  If the people truly have turned this way, it is because they are no longer guided well.

This has happened in the Philippines, too.  Bishops and priests there, from what I saw, do not seem to really teach faith deeply enough to move people to obey the will of God.  They never seem to talk about chastity, and they don't bash sodomy.  The result?  A culture filled with transvestites, large unaffordable families--many large families that start before there's a marriage--and now the contraception Bill.  There, as in Malta, Church leadership has failed to lead.

And the world shall suffer for this.

I am eager to hear, on Judgement Day, what God has to say to the bishops and priests of our time.  I wait with bated breath.
Where is the Pope?  Who has been excommunicated?  This is a Catholic country.

Until the Lord's PRIME minister starts doing his duty, we will only degrade further.
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