Church can’t choose who to vote

Archbishop Peter Loy Chong speaking to guests at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Saturday night after the launch of the climate change song which was sung by the Archdiocese Music Ministry Choir led by the Sacred Heart Cathedral music directors. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE head of the Roman Catholic Church in Fiji said as a bishop he does not intend to inform Catholics who they should vote for or vote against.

Archbishop Peter Loy Chong said this month the church would use the Sunday Homilies to assist people in making informed choices when they go to the polls.

The above sentiment that had been echoed by Archbishop Chong has been posted on the Archdiocese of Suva Facebook page. Archbishop Chong said the Catholic social teaching taught that fundamental moral measure of any economy was how the poor and vulnerable were faring.

He also outlined the changes in poverty in Fiji.

In his summary, he claimed that the current economic trend showed an increase in poverty and how the taxation system would make the poor poorer and rich richer.

“As Catholics, we are called to work for greater economic justice in the face of persistent poverty and growing economic gaps,” Archbishop Chong said.

“We urge Catholics to use the following ethical framework for economic life as principles for reflection, criteria for judgment, directions for action and criteria for election,” he added.

Archbishop Chong said a fundamental moral measure of any economy would be on how the poor and vulnerable were faring and that the economy existed for the person, not the person for the economy.

“The global economy has moral dimensions and human consequences. “Decisions on investment, trade, aid and development should protect human life, our mother Earth and promote human rights especially for those most in need wherever they might live on this globe.”

He stressed that the economic life should recognise the fact that everyone was God’s children and members of one human family, called to exercise a clear priority for the poor.

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