Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 10:42 PM on Tuesday 29 July

/ Front page / News

Church on same sex union

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

THE Catholic Church does not recognise same sex marriage but it respects gay individuals.

They, like every human being, are created in the likeness and image of God.

Speaking at Nakayaga in Bua Archbishop-elect Father Peter Loy Chong said the church only recognised the union between a man and a woman as laid down in the Bible.

"The union of man and woman is a reflection of God's love where they are called to procreate and be procreators with God as a sign of His love," Father Chong said. "God gives life and the procreation between man and woman is proof of this function that is only attributed to God.

"There are many ways of expressing God's love and this is just one way of expressing His love and even couples who do not have children are also part of this important function."

Father Chong said the church's teaching relied on marriage and what defined marriage.

"We do not have a definition of same sex union however everybody is made in the image and likeness of God — everybody regardless of being gay, homosexual, lesbian or straight," he said.

"Everybody is made in the image of God and therefore everyone deserves the same respect that is given to someone made in the image and likeness of God.

"The church maintains that union through marriage is for women and men only," he concluded.


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. Hero's tale
  2. Help for illegal Fijians
  3. Aviation deal fallout
  4. Police nab suspects
  5. Spray claim
  6. Making a difference
  7. Makeshift market fails to impress
  8. Malani sets new national time in breaststroke event
  9. Muslims celebrate
  10. Follow the guidelines

Top Stories this Week

  1. No 'free education', says party Wednesday (23 Jul)
  2. Fijian woman jailed for stealing millions in NZ Sunday (27 Jul)
  3. Illegal Fijians in Tonga Friday (25 Jul)
  4. 10 degrees lowest yet Monday (28 Jul)
  5. Warning for teachers Thursday (24 Jul)
  6. Hero's tale Tuesday (29 Jul)
  7. New United formation Monday (28 Jul)
  8. $70m plan Wednesday (23 Jul)
  9. Groenewald: Brutality video under investigation Thursday (24 Jul)
  10. Tafunai confident Friday (25 Jul)