“One of the diseases that is plaguing the Maltese State and Maltese society, is the disease of greed.”
Archbishop Charles Scicluna said this in his homily during a mass that was celebrated at St. John’s Co-Cathedral on the occasion of Independence Day.
He described greed as an expression of unbridled selfishness and a me, me, me culture.
Monsignor Scicluna said that one of the symptoms of greed is the abhorrence of the Maltese landscape and asked if it was necessary to uglify our country for a little money.
He referred to the bastions of Mdina, Valletta and Cottonera as “ harmonious architecture” and asked if we could say the same for other buildings.
The Archbishop also referred to Malta’s reputation and said that we are all eager to be proud of it, however he stressed that before blaming others, and their harsh judgment, we must first carry out an examination of our conscience.
“Perhaps the greed for money, for easy money, was also destroying the moral backbone of our country? And what sort of independence can we celebrate if we are slaves to greed for power and money? These are selfish instincts that do not set us free, and if we are to celebrate our independence and the liberation of our country from all colonial and military conditioning, we need to stop and wonder whether we have fallen into some form of bondage, the slavery of our own thirst for power and for money.”
At the end of the homily he thanked the Maltese State for having, since the war, and especially since Independence, cared about social services, social welfare, help for the poor and needy as well as free health and education services.