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Council must address issues

Luke Rawalai
Sunday, January 27, 2013

THE Bible has to be seen in the light of the present conditions to enable it to be applicable to the situation faced by the people.

These were the words of Archbishop Elect Father Peter Loy Chong.

"So when we talk about context, we talk about the challenges that people face, the questions that they ask, the problems that they go through, and what oppresses them," he said.

He was speaking at the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in Nakayaga, Bua regarding the applicability of the Roman Catholic Church's Pastoral Council in terms of addressing the needs of the people.

The council is responsible for investigating pastoral matters, pondering or reflecting over such matters, and reaching conclusions that it can recommend to the bishop.

Father Chong said the council would consider the current situation so that their decisions were relevant to the current situation.

"It should be a guideline to the church on what role it should play so that it addresses the issues that are out there," he said. "The important issues to consider is that priorities will emerge depending on the interplay between the sociopolitical context and the church's source of teachings which is the bible."

Father Chong said the Bible alone was good, however, it would only achieve salvation if it addressed the issues in the context and if it liberated the masses, because God was salvation.