Archbishop cautions against governance for the few at the expense of the many
Archbishop Charles Scicluna yesterday cautioned against governance that serves the few at the expense of the many during his 2016 Independence Day Homily.
“Governance based on spin, on obscure dealings, and on a constant reticence to allow public scrutiny, irrespective of the myriad laws and solemn promises, is definitely not good governance,” he said.
He stressed principles of unity, goodness, honesty and beauty, adding that good governance should be made up of these “transcendental values.”
Such values are to be “a criterion of good governance, that governance worthy of the human family towards which politics should, and hopefully does, aspire.
“Government based on the Orwellian disregard of truth will one day implode, whereas transparency and accountability are the values that will make us Maltese truly and rightly proud of our government,” he said.
Mgr Scicluna has come under fire by government supporters in recent months for his outspokenness on controversial issues which have dominated local papers – such as his opposition to the way high-rise buildings are being tackled by the authorities.
A number of social media posts by the Archbishop were met with criticism by many who questioned whether previous Archbishops had commented on current and governmental affairs.
On the principle of unity, he cautioned that “policies that are divisive, that are based on the privilege of the few or that blatantly promote loyalty to a political party rather than to the state are a travesty and a mortal poison to the common good of society.”
Turning to the value of goodness, Mgr Scicluna spoke of a government that serves the few at the expense of the many – a critique levelled heavily against the previous Nationalist Party administration, as well as the current Labour Party one.
“When the common good is sacrificed to the selfish interests of the few, then we can say the state is sick,” he said.
Speaking of beauty, he explained that this does not refer to the aesthetic value of politicians themselves, but a government that protects the beauty of its country’s heritage and environment is one that “expresses the nation’s wisdom of the heart.”
It could be understood that Mgr Scicluna is referring to the building of high-rise towers without proper studies having been undertaken, the environmental degradation coming about from rampant development and the pollution of Maltese waters.
“I am convinced that a citizen, educated, formed and trained in truth and goodness, will through time develop that wisdom of heart that promotes and safeguards beauty in the arts, in architecture, in the environment.
“Is not the uglification of our natural and historical heritage a symptom of a lack of this wisdom of the heart?
“A government that continues to restore and protect our heritage that will energetically defend the pristine cleanliness of our seas, that will only allow sustainable development: that is a government that takes beauty to heart, that expresses the nation’s wisdom of the heart.”