The Archdiocese of Malta has issued an official statement calling for respect to Żurrieq priest after a video of his outburst during mass went viral on social media.
In a public statement, the Archdiocese expressed regret ‘for the unfortunate incident concerning one of its priests at the Żurrieq parish recently, and is working closely with all concerned to addressed the situation.’
Saying that the priority is the wellbeing of the priest and the community, the Archdiocese says that it takes incidents of verbal and other abuse extremely seriously.
‘Given all the circumstances of the case (the Archdiocese) kindly asks for the public’s understanding, and appeals for empathy and sensitivity for all concerned with respect to comments made on social media’.
Meanwhile, many have praised Father Raymond for always being an exemplary priest who loved the church and the Żurrieq community, despite allegedly having been going through health difficulties.