Watch: “Associating the Archbishop with child abuse is nothing but defamation”

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“To associate me with child abuse is not satire but defamation,” Archbishop Charles Scicluna said during an interview on Newsbook.com.mt.

Speaking about the carnival float which linked the Archbishop to child abuse, Archbishop Scicluna said that he was not against satire targeting those in public life especially during carnival. He explained that however, satire stops being satire when one’s aim becomes a targeted smear campaign.

The float in question titled “Jude’s Hell” depicted him alongside two horned cherubs. The backdrop of the float showed the façade of St Joseph children’s home. One of the builders of the float shared a photo on Facebook captioned “Let children come to me… shh don’t tell them anything”.

Archbishop Scicluna said that associating him with child abuse was not a satirical move but defamation. He added that one has to have a particular hate to portray the Archbishop in such a manner.

“I’ll be curious to see whether there’ll be any floats depicting specific watches and particular brands of wine,” Archbishop Scicluna said referring to a €20,000 Bvlgari watch former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat received from Daphne Caruana Galizia murder suspect Yorgen Fenech.

In his comments to Newsbook.com.mt, National Heritage Minister José Herrera condemned the carnival float in question. He had sent for Festivals Malta director and asked to be shown the float. It was later decided that it would not be allowed to participate in the carnival festivities unless it was amended.