Archbishop Charles Scicluna said that in his opinion, associating the Archbishop with child abuse was not satire. Interviewed in Newsbook, the Archbishop said that one had to distinguish between art that is no longer an expression of satire but a mudslinging exercise.
Asked about the controversial float , Mgr. Scicluna said he felt it was unfair that he was associated with child abuse. He said it was unfair to any bishop, but particularly to Charles Scicluna. He stressed that it stripped a bishop of his dignity and implies that the bishop is part of a system to abuse children which is not funny.
He said that he appreciates satire, and that a float depicting the Archbishop is as good as a float depicting politicians.
Mgr. Scicluna said that he hopes that apart from floats depicting the Archbishop he was curious to see if there were any floats sponsored by specific branded watches or wines.