Dr. Inġ. Patrick Attard who contested the last Maltese general election as the first openly gay candidate has today excommunicated himself from the Catholic Church at the Chancellor's office in the Curia.
Following the obscene opposition by the Vatican to the UN Resolution for the universal decriminalisation of gay relationships a few weeks ago, the Pope, for his Christmas Message to the Vatican called homosexuality a destruction of god's work and that the world should be saved from homosexuality just as we should save the rainforests from destruction. These outrageous comments can only spread intolerance and hatred towards the gay minority.
Dr. Inġ. Patrick Attard and Lana Turner holding a photocopy of their Excommunication Declaration outside the Curia Office in Floriana, this morning.
I do not want the State to assume I am part of this hate-preaching organisation just because I was baptised. Since the Curia does not want to disassociate itself from the Pope's hateful remarks he preached on the 22nd December 2008, where he called homosexuality a destruction of god's work then there is no choice but to excommunicate myself publicly from this power and money-hungry institution.
I would like to thank my parents for baptising me. I am certain they did this with the best intentions. However when one reads the documents written by the Vatican there is a lot of paranoia and even hatred towards gays. This is ongoing till today and can be viewed in Joseph's Ratzinger's writings (among others) and it is important to stand up and say: ENOUGH is ENOUGH.
Since nowadays children who die without being baptised don't go to limbo any longer maybe baptism should be postponed till the person reaches 18 years of age since there is no longer the need to rush.
I would like to encourage gay priests of integrity to leave this homophobic Institution. There are many other altruistic voluntary organisations to help people in need, some of which have no connection to the Church.
By excommunicating myself doesn't mean I am a satanist or a selfish person. I encourage people to donate their organs upon their death and donate blood, if the State permits this, because the State permanently bans gay men from donating blood, irrespective of their health or lifestyle, thus banning over 7,500 potential donors.
Since all the political parties are afraid to criticise the Church due to the potential loss of votes and Malta is considered to have more than 96% Catholics, just because of the number of people baptised, it is important to close this chapter by excommunication so as we are not erroneously considered as Catholics. I encourage those who understand me to speak up and in the upcoming MEP elections to vote only for those candidates who are genuinely bringing a more Secular Malta in Europe.
The church always tries to keep the gay love as dirty and illegitimate since it gets its power from the sense of guilt and shame it tries to instil in its followers. On the other hand we know that the Maltese Church is not in a position to be the moral compass in our country. It is important to note that separated people who are co-habitating with a partner (note divorce is illegal) are not allowed to receive Holy communion in their local church and are encouraged to go to another locality far away. This is a huge hypocricy since those who believe in Holy Communion believe that the Communion in one Church has the same value as the Communion in another Church and shows that we do everything so that people don´t talk about us behind our back. Furthermore, it is sad that those persons who are currently separated and apply to work as a teacher is a church-school are not employed, increasing their suffering even further.
The Catholic Church is to be held accountable of the undue suffering of a number of gay persons and is to be held indirectly responsible for a number of gay suicides on these islands. Trying to hide this fact would not allow us to learn from the past and help people today.This step is important for me to regularise my position vis-a-vis the Catholic Church and consolidate my position with my conscience. The Church only accepts gays as long as they are celibate, invoking feelings which destroy the self-respect of the individual. It always tries to keep the gay love as dirty and illegitimate since it gets its power from the sense of guilt and shame it tries to instil in its followers. Since I believe it is possible to love another adult man, then my position with the Church is irreconcilable.
I started to love myself only after I removed the Catholic Church from my life.
GUIDE TO EXCOMMUNICATION IN MALTA:
The person who wishes to Excommunicate himself from the Church should make an appointment with the Curia's Chancellor (Tel: 2590 6238), take his/her Identity Card and write a declaration (copying a template which the Curia has) that he left the Catholic Church. This declaration should include the place and date of baptism. The declaration is also signed by the Chancellor on behalf of the Catholic Church. The date of baptism is written on the Baptism Certificate which can be obtained from the Parish Office of the village where the cermony took place.
WHAT DOES EXCOMMUNICATION MEAN?
An excommunicated person cannot receive Holy Communion, cannot receive a religious funeral, cannot actively take part in the Mass, and cannot be the witness a Catholic cermony: baptism, wedding, confirmation etc. He is however allowed to enter Churches.