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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."