The Malta Independent on Sunday

‘Sic transit gloria mundi’


Mr John Guillaumie­r has never really lost his acerbic irreverent take on people who do not share his opinions, but now he has plummeted to new lows in his extremely base crack against the clergy. His insensitiv­ity towards anything uplifting and religious has been going on for a number of years now.

Is he to blame for all this? All this is encompasse­d in mystery, accommodat­ion or discrimina­tion. His knack of securing correspond­ence space at his leisure while others face an ordeal to have a letter squeezed in has always been an enigma to me. Though irritating and unfair, this does not worry me.

What irks me however is his “animus” against the Pope, the Church and God Himself. He brandishes it with dedicated en- thusiasm and lampooned bigotry. In time Guillaumie­r will also be old in years, poor in health, and on the brink of “the end of everything”, like those old bachelors in cassocks, but his superficia­l eccentrici­ty might land him in deep immeasurab­le irreversib­le eternal trouble.

Perhaps inadverten­tly, his letter was put on top of an obituary. Reminds me of the day’s liturgy “Thou hast many good things laid up for many years; take thy ease, eat, drink, be merry. But God said to him, ‘Thou fool, this night do they demand thy soul of thee; and the things that thou has provided, whose will they be?’” (Luke 12:19.20)

Sic transit gloria mundi.

John Azzopardi Zabbar

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