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Title: The Catholic identity of Malta after ten years of membership in the European Union : challenges and prospects
Authors: Ellul, Joseph
Pace, Roderick
University of Malta. Institute for European Studies
Keywords: European Union -- Malta
Europe -- Foreign relations -- Catholic Church
Catholic Church -- Foreign relations -- Europe
Freedom of religion -- European Union countries
Catholic Church -- Malta
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: University of Malta. Institute for European Studies
Citation: Ellul, J. (2014). The Catholic dentity of Malta after ten years of European Union membership : challenges and prospects. Reflections of a Decade of EU Membership: Expectations, Achievements, Disappointments and the Future Occasional Papers, 2, 1-23.
Series/Report no.: Reflections of a Decade of EU Membership: Expectations, Achievements, Disappointments and the Future Occasional Papers;02/2014
Abstract: Ten years have elapsed since Malta’s accession in the European Union. One can still recall vividly the intense and acrimonious campaign prior to the membership referendum and the ensuing electoral victory that confirmed the Nationalist Party (PN) in power under the leadership of Edward Fenech Adami in 2003. In both cases the Maltese voted in favour of entry into the EU. During both exercises in democracy the Maltese were exposed to the rhetoric of both prophets of doom and prophets of plenty. For the former accession meant a loss of national and territorial independence, for the latter it meant the beginning of opportunity for all and, in some cases, the answer to all of Malta’s woes. Now, ten years later, a further appraisal of Malta’s membership and place in the European Union is called for. The purpose of this paper, however, is to reflect upon how this membership has affected the Roman Catholic Church in Malta and what prospects lie ahead for the Catholic community within Maltese society that remains in a state of constant flux on both the social and the religious level. It traces the major events that have accelerated the transformation of Malta into a secular society. The paper describes how these events, together with pressures that are being brought to bear by secular movements upon Maltese society, are profoundly affecting its Catholic identity and redrawing its moral landscape. It also discusses ways and means by which the Catholic Church in Malta can address these challenges and contribute towards the construction of a more humane Maltese society. In order to achieve this, it must first and foremost remain a coherent witness of a faith that is forever alive, dynamic and relevant.
ISSN: 24093246
Appears in Collections:RDEM - EADF - 2014

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