Anonymous Catholic Group Stirs Up Malta With Newspaper Ad Condemning Gay Marriage

Full-page screed comes ahead of June 3 general election

This past Sunday, a group calling itself Maltese Catholics United for the Faith took out a controversial full-page ad in local newspaper Malta Today. The ad was aimed at politicians running in the upcoming June 3 general election.

Website Lifesite has the image and, separately, the full transcribed text. Here’s a taste:

Don’t vote for gay marriage even if it means not voting at all. Instead, take a stand for traditional marriage. Don’t compromise your faith at the altar of a diabolical political system. Call the Devil for what he truly is and embrace God instead.

The Archdiocese of Malta posted a brief note on their website Tuesday, to clarify that they are in no way connected with those responsible for the advertisement. Same-sex civil unions have been recognized in Malta since 2014, but there is no legal provision for these unions.

Times of Malta commentator Fr Joe Borg speculates that the ad’s signatories may be connected with the U.S. group Catholics United for the Faith. At press time, there’s no sense of which specific individuals are responsible for the May 21 ad. Six parties will be on the ballet in Malta Saturday June 3, led by incumbent Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s Labor Party and official opposition leader Simon Busuttil’s Nationalist Party.