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How To Handle A Potentially Embarrassing Situation: Apply Principles In the Archbishop Chong “Manual”

The leader of the Catholic Church in Fiji, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, must be commended for acting swiftly in stripping a priest of his status and pastoral duties over a
10 Nov 2014 09:58
How To Handle A Potentially Embarrassing Situation: Apply Principles In the Archbishop Chong “Manual”

The leader of the Catholic Church in Fiji, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, must be commended for acting swiftly in stripping a priest of his status and pastoral duties over a sex video.

He said the Church did not want to sweep the matter under the carpet. In admitting the priest’s sexual indiscretion publicly and the Church taking the appropriate action, he has minimised the collateral damage to the church.

People, including men of the cloth, do make mistakes because of wrong and poor choices. The Nadi priest has paid heavily for his wrong choice.

After years of sacrifice and living up to the high standards expected from members of his fraternity, he succumbed to the weakness of the flesh.

Archbishop Chong has indirectly communicated this because of his quick response.

He has made it known that the church will not tolerate any misconduct that potentially could hurt its reputation and standing in the community.

Church leaders and their associates are held in high esteem by their members and the general public because of the high standards they stand for. Their credibility and integrity come under public scrutiny from time to time.

They take a beating when church officials try to cover up incidents that are of public interests.

Archbishop Chong has set a fine example in the way that he handled the disgraced priest’s case. He told the truth.

Telling the truth is the best policy. Some other leaders need to learn this valuable principle from Archbishop Chong. Let’s admit it when things go wrong and then find ways to rectify them.

The worst thing that we can ever do is lie or distort the truth. Sooner or later, it will catch up with us.

In this case Archbishop Chong is already talking about a planned training meeting for all priests next year to reinforce the standards.

Members of the Church in Nadi no doubt will feel relieved that the priest has been removed.

So to all leaders, religious or otherwise, study up the Archbishop Chong “manual”. The next time you face a crisis or a major incident please apply the principles in the “manual”.

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 




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