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Title: Church and state intervention in feasts and rituals in independent Malta
Authors: Koster, Adrianus
Keywords: Fasts and feasts -- Malta
Fasts and feasts -- Catholic Church
Feasts, Religious -- Malta
Rites and ceremonies -- Malta
Church and state -- Malta
Issue Date: 1988
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy
Citation: Koster, A. (1988). Church and state intervention in feasts and rituals in independent Malta. Economic and Social Studies (New Series), 4, 1-28.
Abstract: The Maltese population has always loved feasts and rituals. The local Roman Catholic Church has since late medieval times played a central role in these festivities. Boissevain has admirably described these ceremonies in the way they were celebrated just before independence. The same author has pointed to the ever increasing scale of two community rituals, e.g. the Good Friday processions and the village festi. In this paper I would like to emphasize another aspect of feasts and rituals. Ever since Malta became independent many attempts to interfere with various religious ceremonies have been made by different groups within the Roman Catholic Church, each of them claiming to implement the consequences of the Second Vatican Council {1962-1965}. The Socialist Government that was in power between 1971 and 1987,4 also interfered several times with the celebration of religious feasts. This may he seen as a consequence of its policy to curtail the influence of Church and clergy.
Appears in Collections:Economic and Social Studies (New Series), Volume 4, 1988
Economic and Social Studies (New Series), Volume 4, 1988

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