Archbishop Scicluna and the Cancel Culture of the Woke.

By Marica Micallef

On 14th August, Newsbook[1] reported that our archbishop Charles Scicluna, during mass at the Chapel of St Peter the Apostle in Wardija, had offered prayers to whoever is incarcerated, correctional officers and victims of crime:

 “Let us pray for all those who are in any kind of prison, including those at the Corradino Correctional Facility, for those who take care of them and guide them, their families, and for the victims of their crimes.”  [Would he have said the same prayer when Fr Luke Seguna was unjustly put in prison instead of being granted bail?]

What is interesting in this article is that it refers to the fact that the Archbishop “also made reference to the ‘cancel culture,’ as he stressed that people often feel uncomfortable dealing with inconvenient truths.” 

[Just like people are feeling uncomfortable dealing with the inconvenient truths behind Covid-19.

And how did our Church behave during Covid-19? Did it challenge the authorities with the truth? And what is the Church doing now, during inflation?  Is it opening its doors to the poor?

I remind Scicluna that in Proverbs 19:17 we find:

“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.”]

The Archbishop continued: “Often, our reaction to those who tell us something for our own good but which we do not like to hear, is the so-called ‘cancel culture’. Nowadays, this culture, that is among us, cancels out those whose message we find uncomfortable, not because they are lying but because the truth they are telling us hurts too much” [What is the Truth behind Fr Luke Seguna’s story that was hurting the same archbishop so much then, that led the same archbishop to practise cancel culture?]

It would have been more apt for Scicluna to quote the Bible like in John 8: 32 when Jesus said “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” or as in condemning lying lips as in the Proverbs 12:22 “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are His delight”, instead of using such a phrase!

Or better still, he could have drawn from the revolutionary statements of Christ, when for example He called the critics of His teachings “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and has nothing to do with the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)

Why? Because what is interesting in this “cancel culture” is the fact that in almost 100 universities in the UK, academics doing an anti-racism course were told that cancel culture has “benefits”.

The Telegraph reported back last June that “The Open University has devised a training programme titled Union Black, backed by £500,000 of Santander investment, which offers to teach staff lessons including ‘white people have a responsibility to solve the problem of racism.’” According to the course materials, students are instructed on the benefits of “cancelling” individuals and institutions and encouraged to become “active allies” in the advancement of racial justice. In a nutshell, they are being taught that cancel culture is beneficial “for social and racial justice” as the heading of the same article.

“Material in one online module states: “In relation to racial/social justice, cancel culture has been shown to realise benefits.”” “Examples of these benefits in the material include “holding people or entities accountable for immoral or unacceptable behaviour” and “promoting collective action to achieve social justice and cultural change through social pressure”.”[2]

“Course documents also add “motivating allies to reveal themselves”, as an advantage, along with “mobilising public opinion and sharing collective expressions of moral outrage”.”

The instructions advise “due diligence before effectively ‘cancelling’ someone,” which refers to the act of making a person a pariah – frequently through social media pressure and occasionally to the point of people losing their jobs – that has become a major concern in academia.

In the midst of a social media uproar over her remarks on transgender problems, Kathleen Stock was fired from her position at the University of Sussex.

But, according to criticis of “cancel culture”, online “mobs,” are sometimes accused of enforcing moral conformity, but according to the Union Black course materials, doing so is “a last-ditch appeal for justice,” and social media may be “a venue to stir dissension.”

Cancel culture is also hitting the publishing of books, where writers are not being allowed to write certain thoughts, certain words and certain activities which have to do with gender or ethnicity.[3]

This Union Black course was criticised by the Free Speech Uno with the organisation’s chief legal counsel Bryn Harris commenting: “I am disappointed, though sadly not surprised, to learn that UK academics are being trained in the virtues of cancel culture.

“It seems instead that these materials were agitprop training materials, and that this is another sad example of UK universities’ inability to be serious about academic freedom and freedom of speech.”

Doesn’t this all sound like part of the woke culture?

Piers Morgan, a broadcaster whose no topic is off limits on his TV show, says that “Cancel culture so-called liberals are the new fascists”.[4]

I am wondering to what kind of “cancel culture” was Scicluna referring to and to what ideology is he siding with.

 


[1] https://newsbook.com.mt/en/archbishop-prays-for-prisoners-and-victims-of-crime/

[2] https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/06/11/cancel-culture-has-benefits-social-racial-justice/

[3] Publishers scared of cancel culture made me rewrite my book, says Anthony Horowitz (telegraph.co.uk)

[4] Piers Morgan: ‘Cancel culture so-called liberals are the new fascists’ (telegraph.co.uk)

3 thoughts on “Archbishop Scicluna and the Cancel Culture of the Woke.

  1. I am amazed by how this website lashes against Church leadership, Nationalist Party leadership, and expects to revive the Conservative movement within Malta. This apart from the fact, and this is where I agree with this website, that Labour has become a Mafia structure where the foot soldiers are sacrificed, where expedient, but the dons are shielded from the police. In the Malta described daily by this website, what’s there left to conserve?! We read today how Karm Mifsud Bonnici thinks that the Conservatives are a majority within the PN. They why did the PN MPs vote in favour of the IVF law which allows for abortions. The more the PN acts like a liberal party, the cheesier it looks. The PN can never outdo Labour on the “libertinacc” front. Just look at the marijuana laws foisted by Labour. Or its transformation of the economy where thousands of workers are engaged and paid by government entities to do nothing. The PL has transformed the country into a social welfare basket case while the PN tries to play the me-too. We don’t need a me-too. For the me-too, the electorate will stick with Labour, the government it knows. The PN is at best a black box beset by cutthroat flailing in the darkness. It needs a new caretaker manager and a Conservative agenda. The problem with the current leader isn’t anything personal. He has done his part and failed, and we failed with him. Malta deserves a new beginning based on its time-tested values that gave us strong families, and principled adults. And may the good Archbishop guide us all in our march to heaven. Heaven is the most important destination for us Maltese irrespective of our political leanings.

  2. Thank you for your readership and for your contribution in this comment. This site is doing an excellent job in uncovering anything that should be uncovered from all angles. All authors here do this for free in their own spare time. If the Conservative Movement wants to be revived in Malta, then it is up to all those who want to bring about such a movement running, to do so. The Church is not an omnipresent institution, free from criticism. It had done mistakes in the past and it is still doing mistakes, and, in the process, it has pushed away a lot of people who believed in God. This mentality that the church is impeccable and must not be criticized, must stop. It has unfortunately become an institution running on money. Of course there are the good Samaritans in the Church. We do not deny this and this site has often spoken up in favour of priests who are being attacked. If one follows the trends and what is happening abroad, with the Woke Culture, the liberal media, and so forth, one can more understand how this is taking roots subtly in Malta. Hence this blog.
    I stand to amend your last statement “And may the good Archbishop guide us all in our march to heaven”. No human has this role. If we want to march to heaven, and see God, our only guide must be Christ. As Christ himself had told us “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father, but through me” (John 14:6). No other than Christ.

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