Children’s Commissioner criticises controversial carnival float

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Children’s Commissioner Pauline Miceli condemned the banned proposed carnival float linking Archbishop Charles Scicluna and the St Joseph Home to child abuse, stating that it was causing undue distress to the children presently residing at the home.

In comments made to Newsbook, Miceli described the float as a “hodge-podge” which seemed to make little sense, and also expressed concern about its reference to children born through IVF, stating that this could hurt them as well as their parents.

Culture Minister José Herrera announced that the float would be banned from carnival following the uproar caused by a sketch which was shared on social media. The Missionary Society of St Paul, which runs St Joseph Home in Santa Venera, had vowed to take legal action if the float was allowed to go on parade, while the Archbishop maintained that the float was defamatory, and not satirical.

The Children’s Commissioner stressed that while child abuse had occurred at St Joseph Home in the past, the situation was now completely different, as all the necessary measures to prevent a repeat of such abuses have been implemented. Additionally, she pointed out, the incidents happened before the children who presently live in the home were even born.

“The float offends the children who live there today,” she insisted, adding that while one could satirise what had happened in the past, she could not describe the float as satire.

Miceli also argued that the Archbishop’s personal track record was much better than what may have been the case in the past.