24 Oct 2007

Fiji archbishop explains his role in People's Charter

1:49 pm on 24 October 2007

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Fiji, Archbishop Petero Mataca, has apologised to those who feel wronged by his acceptance of the co-chair's post on the People's Charter.

The Fiji Times quotes a statement from Archbishop Mataca as saying his decision to join the movement for building a better Fiji has caused surprise, disappointment, confusion, pain and mistrust.

The newspaper says his apology follows a visit by a delegation of prominent Catholics who called on him to withdraw from the People's Charter committee which is co-chaired by the interim prime minister.

But Archbishop Mataca says after much consideration he had decided to "walk the walk" after having talked the talk.

He says he has not joined a political party but the action group to build a better Fiji for all because the four coups in Fiji have brought fragmentation, hurt and poverty and it is time to move Fiji forward.

Archbishop Mataca says apart from negative responses, he has received congratulations and gratitude for the courageous decision he has made.