Uphold the truth
Thursday, October 09, 2008
THE call by the Archbishop of Suva, Petero Mataca, for the disciplined services to fight for the truth is timely – albeit two years too late.
Mataca made the call at a mass held for soldiers, police officers and members of the prison and correctional service at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva last Tuesday. In his call on the uniformed service, the head of the Roman Catholic Church and co-chair of the National Council for Building a Better Fiji reminded officers of their duty to uphold the truth and defend the rights of the down-trodden.
This message was particularly relevant on the day, the Feast Day of Saint Michael – patron saint of soldiers and police officers. Regarded through Christianity as one of the three main angels of the heavenly realm, St Michael is considered to stand for truth and the constant battle against evil in the world. A defender of the very faith of Christians, St Michael is an example to all followers of Christ that truth and justice must be cornerstones of their daily lives.
Had this message been preached widely in the days prior to December 2006, there is a possibility that many members of the armed services would have thought seriously about the consequences of the actions they were about to take against the nation and her people.
It is too late now to dwell upon the actions or inactions of our army and police force during the events leading up to and immediately after the military takeover.
But Mataca’s message remains true today as it would have two years ago. The members of our disciplined services have sworn oaths of allegiance to the President that they will uphold the law and defend the truth at whatever cost. This oath is sworn on the holy books of the faiths of individual soldiers, police officers and prison wardens. That means that they have a duty to God and the nation to ensure that justice is upheld at all times for the benefit of the people of this nation.
Justice is never served by the usurpation of powers or the removal of legally elected governments at gunpoint. Nor is justice served when the instruments of State are used by greedy, self-serving individuals to further or protect their own interests.
As the nation struggles to find a way out of the current morass, the members of our disciplined services would do well to reflect upon the oaths they have sworn and remember that on the day of judgment they will be held accountable for what they have done.
And they must be reminded that no coup must ever again destroy legal government in Fiji.
Vinaka Nostradamus for bringing this up earlier. Well put Fiji Times!
Archbishop Petero Mataca is an embarrasment to the Catholic Church and does not reflect the majority view, after all he was not ELECTED into the church and never had the mandate to step into the political arena in the 1st place and voice his opinions. Siosio jiko vei iko Mataca!