Malta church ceiling collapses. Same-sex marriage is blamed.

Malta church ceiling collapses. Same-sex marriage is blamed. August 28, 2017

Part of the ceiling of the Ta’ Giezu church in Rabat collapsed last week, and LifeShiteNews is pinning the blame on the country’s recognition of gay marriage.
It pointed out that Malta legalised same-sex marriage this summer:

With practically no opposition from the country’s bishops. This happened just months after Malta’s bishops broke away from perennial Catholic teaching to allow couples living in habitual adultery to receive Holy Communion. 

It added that

The almost exclusively Catholic country has been in a spiritually downwards spiral in recent years. 

And it quoted the Lepanto Institute as saying:

In an earlier time, this would have been deemed a sign.

LSN concluded:

[The] collapse is a fitting metaphor for the Church in Malta – and Europe, and most of the Western world. 
Weak leadership, irreverent praxis, open sacrilege, heretical liturgies, and a nearly complete lack of faith characterize much of Western Catholicism. A lot more than just the ceiling of the Church seems to be crumbling away.  

Fr Martin Coleiro, the prior of the Franciscan Fathers who run the church that he believes the wooden beams must have given way some time during the night.
The collapse was noticed when the church, one of the oldest in Malta, was opened for Mass.  Most of the debris ended up on the altar. Coleiro went to open the church for mass at about 6am to make the grim discovery.
He said “thank God” the accident happened during the night because otherwise it would have been a far worse incident as the altar and church is often filled with people.
The damage caused to the ceiling as well as the altar below runs into hundreds of thousands of euros.
I’m still waiting for some Christian imbeciles to blame the gays for Hurricane Harvey, but this I do know: fervent prayer signally failed to stop it hitting Texas.
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  • L.Long

    Sure glad most gays are nice people for the force is great with them!

  • Club Secretary

    Just read some comments to the mentioned article.
    Religion realy fucks up some peoples brains.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    Club Secretary: “Religion realy fucks up some peoples brains.
    Ah, the perennial question – Does religion take normal people and screw them up, or does it take screwed-up people and make a religion out of them?

  • Stuart H.

    Maybe it WAS a sign – that their god is getting a bit pissed off with hypocritical paedo priests.

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  • Broga

    The reason is clear – Joe Arpaio whom Dotty Don pardoned. God didn’t like that and is sending a message. Obvious! How much more clear has God to make it?

  • andym

    A good example of most aspects of the faulty reasoning needed to maintain religious belief including confirmation bias, question begging(In its original philosophical sense-God caused the collapse, therefore God is angry, the premise is as unsupported as the conclusion is.)
    They are so confident they know the intent and wishes of their creation, while otherwise telling us it is blasphemous claim to know the mind of God. Again the question is there: does religion create or attract fuckwits and nutters? Probably a bit of both.
    OT. Has anyone seen the clamour about a “Christian” child being placed with an Islamic foster family and allegedly having her cross taken away? Wrong if it happened, but would there have been a similar outcry if the a non-religious child had had Islam forced onto them? Of course not, and most active Christians think its perfectly legitimate to ram their religion down the throats of any children they are left in charge of.

  • sailor1031

    “in an earlier time” he-who-is-not-to-named would have sent a pack of thunderbolts to devastate the area. he’s losing his touch. These people got off easy.

  • Broga

    andym: I saw that. ” would there have been a similar outcry if the a non-religious child had had Islam forced onto them? ”
    All children are non religious to begin with and they all have religion forced on to them. I assume that includes almost all atheists. We all get converted and, if we are lucky, later ditch the religion.

  • John the Drunkard

    Their capacity for rationalization is infinite. During the Loma Prieta earthquake in San Francisco (the one where a section of the Bay Bridge fell) a number of churches were severely damaged or destroyed.
    But not a single gay bar.

  • Broga

    John the Drunkard : The churches were damaged because they allowed the gay bars to be opened in the first place.

  • barriejohn

    In America, the most religious states are all in the South, and they now have a REALLY Christian president who has “brought Jesus back into the White House”, so why has God allowed “unprecedented” storms and flooding in that area, especially in godly Texas? Does anyone have the answer, because I certainly don’t!

  • Dianne Leonard

    There was a ditty sung right after the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906, that goes something like this:
    If, as they say, god spanked the town
    For being over-frisky
    Why did he burn his churches down
    And save McAdam’s Whisky?
    Not sure about the name of the whisky factory, but is was one of the few large buildings in SF’s downtown which was untouched by the earthquake and subsequent fire that destroyed most of the city, including most churches.

  • barriejohn

    Hotaling’s Whiskey!,_San_Francisco
    Very funny. God’s ways are not our ways!

  • StephenJP

    Dear me, what an example of the IMF’s wrath. Could it be that a consenting gay couple were consorting in an upper room, thereby causing the ceiling below to give way? I think we should be told.

  • 1859

    ‘In an earlier time, this would have been deemed a sign.’…Exactly! In an ‘earlier time’ when peoples’ brains were truly stuffed full of superstitious claptrap they would have believed anything. I take it as a sign of ‘modern times’ in which peoples’ minds are mostly free to see reality as it is – dirty, awkward and sometimes beautiful and sexy!

  • gedediah

    It’s a sign they need to get a structural engineer to check their old buildings.

  • Cali Ron

    Tommy’s Bar and Grill survived the great shake too. They have a Huge selection of beers from all over the world and the beer menu is shaped like a beer bottle. They also serve up some great food. No doubt god enjoys a good sandwich and a pint more than than the churches that collapsed.

  • Vanity Unfair

    He said “thank God” the accident happened during the night because otherwise it would have been a far worse incident as the altar and church is often filled with people.
    Something similar happened in WW2 at the Dome in Mosta. The exterior is very plain and so well-proportioned that you don’t realise just how big it is but when you enter it’s as though you have stepped outside again. But back to WW2: the Luftwaffe dropped a bomb on the Dome. Nothing unusual in that; the whole island was so thoroughly plastered that it was awarded the George Cross “to bear witness to a heroism and devotion that will long be famous in history,” George VI
    What is unusual is that this bomb (either 200Kg or 500Kg according to different reports, but definitely big) came through the roof during a service, made a hole in the floor and did not explode. Nobody was hurt.
    Now, all you scoffers, what do you have to say about the power of prayer? (Apart from the obvious.)
    If you are ever in the area, it is worth a visit. It does have all the usual RC gewgaws but they are so well spread out that they are not oppressive. The sheer architecture, almost civil engineering, of the whole structure is breath-taking.

  • barriejohn

    Vanity Fair: As with all “answered prayers” we are looking at another “happy coincidence” here. I grew up in another heavily bombed location (Southampton) and a fair number of UXBs have turned up there. They’re bound to when so many were dropped! Stephen Fry made a very pertinent remark when he said (on Room 101 I believe) that there are BOUND to be occasions when we are thinking about a friend of ours and they phone us, otherwise we’d say: “Isn’t it funny how when I think about someone they never phone me!”.
    Don’t ask me how they managed to file that under Oxfordshire.
    PS Unlike some unbelievers, I, also, enjoy looking at the architecture of church buildings. Entering Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and standing in that vast space is a truly magical experience.

  • Vanity Unfair

    To barriejohn:
    That was, in fact, the “the obvious” I had in mind.
    I regard churches as local history museums: the older ones especially. The iconography in the windows and monuments often tell of the local industries and the names of benefactors on the indoor tombstones give the notable families, often the same names as of the modern squirearchy. Even the materials in the fabric can tell a story. One local parish church has the East end, which was started first, in brick and about half way through building the area became rich and so the West end was completed in limestone. In this case the windows don’t tell much. Most of the South side glass was blown in during a WW1 air raid and the North side similarly in WW2: another coincidence. The lacunae, when Cromwell and others knocked them about a bit also tell a story.
    Come the Revolution I propose turning churches into local history centres and retraining the clergy as historians and social workers, after all in many areas the parish church is the only community covered space available for local activities. I would even let the clergy keep their party frocks.