The priest, Fr David Muscat, is to be charged with online hate speech for his homophobic comments. Several people filed reports against him, including members from the public and from LGBT activist groups. Muscat is well-known for his controversial remarks and it is expected that he will be arrainged in court by the end of January.
Owen Bonnici said on Live TV earlier this week: “There are consequences to words. The consequence of fundamentalism is hate. There is a line of hate speech that we cannot cross. This priest knows this well. I want the authorities to take action because this speech incites a negative sentiment on a minority in our country.”
Police filed reports against Fr David Muscat, a Mosta cleric, by both the minister for social inclusion Julia Farrugia-Portelli, as well as the gay rights consultative council and the Malta Gay Rights Movement.
To make matters worse, Muscat originally commented his absurd opinions on a post about Paulina Dembska’s murder. He was referring to Abner Aquilina, Paulina’s suspected murderer, in his comments.
Archbishop Charles Scicluna also apologised for Muscat’s actions and warned against him. He described his homophobic comments as “inflammatory and hurtful.”