Fr Andrew Borg, who described pro-choice PN election candidate Emma Portelli Bonnici as a satanist, murderer, butcher and ‘Hitler’, removed both his post and his account following the online ruckus. The post was removed after the Curia recommended it be done, with the priest going the extra step of disabling his entire account, newsroom Times of Malta reported. He did so however right after condemning abortion and the journalists and politicians who entertain the idea of a debate on the subject.
Borg, who serves in a Hamrun church, posted the original comment on a Facebook post called ‘Abortion in Malta? Not in my Name’. The post he replied on wrongly attributed a call to debate abortion to Portelli Bonnici, despite it being made by PN health spokesman Stephen Spiteri during a press conference Portelli Bonnici was part of.
Before the account deletion, Borg stated that ‘animal torture and killing is rightly so considered a criminal offensive act while defending the unborn is not! Truly either we should prepare ourselves for martyrdom or else there is no more room for us Christians within a Maltese liberal relativist dictatorship society today which shuts up freedom of speech and expression or limits it only to politicians and media journalists.’
He went on to claim that he would much rather invalidate his vote than give it to either party in the upcoming election. From her part, Portelli Bonnici posted screenshots of some of the insulting comments. She called for an end to the systematic abuse of women and witch hunts, and that, despite having no problem with people disagreeing with her, she would not accept harassment. As of time of writing, Borg did not reply to any attempts made by newsroom Times of Malta to comment on the incident.