‘Freedom of speech doesn’t mean hurting others’ – Bishop Grech

Gozo’s bishop Mario Grech remarked that many nowadays hurt others in the name of freedom of speech. The Bishop was addressing the faithful marking the occasion of the Immaculate Conception at the Church of St Francis in Victoria, Gozo. Grech said that we’re living in times when people are more concerned on attaining more freedom. He remarked that striving for freedom, has become so important that it was reflected in state institutions, with one governmental institution working on furthering civil liberties.

Quoting Pope Benedict XVI, the Bishop said that everything else has become subordinate to one’s personal freedom.

Mgr Grech said that it was a step in the right direction that one can express freely his thoughts without fearing censorship. However he explained that what used to be hidden and regarded as personal, is now being made public in the name of “freedom”. According to the bishop the the bar on decency has been lowered.

The bishop remarked that many a times individuals behave like spoilt children, wanting an object, obtaining it, replacing it within a short period and crave for something new. He explained that the lack of satisfaction after success is reflective of our wants as human beings.

Mgr Grech referred to the feast of the Immaculate Conception and explained that the Virgin Mary’s conception was free from original sin. The bishop concluded that the Virgin Mary exercised her liberty throughout her life.