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Church says no politics

Luke Rawalai
Sunday, January 27, 2013

THE church is silent and will have no hand in issues regarding party politics.

Speaking at the Nakayaga Catholic retreat in Bua, Archbishop Elect, Father Peter Loy Chong, said that no church should be directly involved in politics.

He said political elections were best left to politicians and people who were trained to handle them.

"The church is not trained to handle political events such as elections and therefore it will have no direct role in such affairs," Father Chong said.

"No church should have a direct role in political affairs such as the general elections or influence the choices that people make.

"The church's role is to prepare the conscience of people and ensure that they are well informed so that they can evaluate candidates who stand during elections.

"The Roman Catholic Church will have no influence on party politics nor influence the choice of its members for the purpose of enhancing a political party's victory in any elections," Father Chong said.