Malta’s bishops issued a statement on August 29 defending the indissolubility of marriage but warning against embarking on a “crusade” in marriage’s defense. The Maltese legislature has begun to debate the legalization of divorce.
“It should be a great privilege for every committed member of the Church to say before the Lord that he has done his part in promoting and defending these values that Jesus insisted so much upon in His teachings,” the bishops said in defending the indissolubility of marriage.
94% of the nation’s 433,000 inhabitants are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics. When Pope Benedict visited the nation in April, he urged the nation to continue to uphold the indissolubility of marriage. “Your nation should continue to stand up for the indissolubility of marriage as a natural institution as well as a sacramental one, and for the true nature of the family, just as it does for the sacredness of human life from conception to natural death and for the proper respect owed to religious freedom in ways that bring authentic integral development to individuals and society,” he said almost immediately upon arriving in the nation on April 17.