Archbishop Charles Scicluna has issued an apology over Fr David Muscat’s homophobic comments and pledged to take steps to prevent such incidents from repeating.
Celebrating daily mass on Thursday morning at the Chapel of Our Lady of Manresa within the Curia, the Archbishop addressed the controversy and made it clear that the comments by Muscat were condemnable.
Fr Muscat had commented on a Facebook post saying that the possibility that Paulina Dembska’s suspected murder Abner Aquilina being gay or bisexual was a disorder worse than sickness or even possession.
In his homily, the Archbishop referred to the first reading at mass from the First Letter of Saint John, which Staes that “whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”
He asked for forgiveness by those who felt betrayed by the church, promised action and asked the faithful for their prayers to help him in his duties.
The controversial priest caused massive outrage through his comments, inciting a call by ministers, activists and individuals for the Archbishop to take action for the insult.