January 23, 2020
A Carnival float linking Archbishop Charles Scicluna and a Church home to child abuse has drawn widespread condemnation, and will not be allowed to participate in Carnival, reports read
The float features the Archbishop, flanked by two babies with devil’s horns and pointy teeth, in front of St Joseph children’s home, with the writing ‘Jude’s hell.’ Jude is Archbishop Scicluna’s middle name.
The Facebook post was accompanied by the following text: ‘Carnival 2020 loading … Let the children come to me … shhh don’t tell them anything.”
Lovin Malta reports that Minister for National Heritage, Arts and Local Government, José Herrera confirmed that Festivals Malta will be communicating with the float owner, and it will be prevented from participating.
Archbishop Scicluna earlier in the day told Times of Malta that, while he is not against satire, the float is “highly inappropriate”, especially for an event attended by children.
Fr Louis Mallia MSSP, who runs St Joseph Home, said he was concerned by the reaction children could have if the float is paraded through Valletta next month. He invited the float builders to visit the children’s home, to see that the real situation was very different from that depicted in the float.
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