Church and State in Malta

  • Jon P. Mitchell


On 1st May 2004, Malta joined the European Union (EU) as one of ten ‘enlargement’ countries. Expanding eastwards and southwards, the EU embraced Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta. Malta is unique among the states of the newly-expanded EU in having a Constitution that formally protects and favours a particular Church — the Roman Catholic: “Chapter 1 (Article 2):
  1. (1)

    The religion of Malta is the Roman Catholic Apostolic Religion.

  2. (2)

    The authorities of the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church have the duty and the right to teach which principles are right and which are wrong.

  3. (3)

    Religious teaching of the Roman Catholic Apostolic Faith shall be provided in all State schools as part of compulsory education

“ (Constitution of Malta, 1964; substituted by: LVIII. 1974.4).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jon P. Mitchell
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SussexUK

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