Fiji Time: 4:33 PM on Sunday 23 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Church yet to make a stand

Salaseini Vosamana
Friday, August 03, 2012

THE Anglican Church is at a crucial stage of understanding the issue of gay marriages in the country, says Bishop Apimeleki Qiliho.

However, he told The Fiji Times the church has yet to make a stand on the issue as discussions were continuing among the congregation.

He made the comment at the ordination of a new priest, Reverend Angela Suruj Prasad at St Thomas Church in Labasa.

"There are people who oppose gay marriages and there are others who say it's time we bring it to the limelight," Bishop Qiliho said.

"As Christians, we have the right to defend to God according to what the Bible says against homosexuality. But others think we have reached an era where we need to come to an understanding and recognise the existence of homosexuals and their rights in our society."

Bishop Qiliho said the church believed this was the appropriate time to hear out issues and concerns about gay marriages.

"We haven't considered our final decision because we are still listening to the Anglicans' views and what they think about the issue.

"We have available avenues through which people can come together to discuss the issue whether it is at parish or diocese level or even in grog sessions.

"This is an opportunity for us to listen to their views before we make any final decision because this is a very sensitive matter."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Sturridge out for the season
  2. $50m more
  3. This team is much fitter than Gold Coast winning team says Ryan
  4. Chaudhry describes budget as 'ambitious and unrealistic'
  5. Three drown
  6. Fiji's return anticipated
  7. FCEF: Budget to help Fijians
  8. Boxing: Loss ends Cameron's career
  9. Alcohol duty up by 10pc
  10. Fijians win

Top Stories this Week

  1. Tourist's death: Murder accused to appear in court Monday (17 Nov)
  2. Stabbed to death Tuesday (18 Nov)
  3. Prime Minister Modi arrives in Fiji Wednesday (19 Nov)
  4. Kill victim cried for help Tuesday (18 Nov)
  5. The man behind the scene Monday (17 Nov)
  6. Bula Mr Modi Wednesday (19 Nov)
  7. Man found unconscious, dies in hospital Monday (17 Nov)
  8. Modi-fied Thursday (20 Nov)
  9. Modi announces visa on arrival for Fiji people Wednesday (19 Nov)
  10. WHAT FIJI WILL GET Thursday (20 Nov)