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'Culture stands to be corrected'

Mere Naleba
Friday, July 04, 2014

THE head of the Catholic Church in Fiji and Rotuma, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong says the Fijian taboo of not talking openly about sex and the culture associated with keeping quiet on sexual behaviours stand to be corrected.

Archbishop Chong said the church recognised marriage as sacred and derived from God and that people should talk openly about their sexual orientation.

"Culturally, it is Fijian taboo not to talk about sex issues, however, culture stands to be corrected, no culture is perfect, all cultures stand in need of correction because it is of human construction and it has limitations," he said.

He said the church had strong support for family life and marriage.

Archbishop Chong was responding to questions from this newspaper in response to Department of Women director Arieta Moceica's comments, who said most women suffered at the hands of their husbands or partners because of the cultural and religious setting, which expected women to submit to the head of the family, which in this case was the male.

"Generally speaking, God made us as sexual beings with a particular sexual orientation," he said.

"And our sexuality is good and because it is good, we should be able to talk about it and celebrate it, given in its right context, so we believe that sexual expression is something that should be discussed because it represents total love that is expressed in body language.

"We (church) teach couples and prepare them before marriage so they live a good marriage life."








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