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Violence by church leaders will not be tolerated

July 4, 2016 7:01 pm

The Methodist Church in Fiji has warned church leaders that issues of domestic violence, physical, emotional and sexual abuse will not be tolerated.

The statement comes after the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in its June statistics on sexual cases revealed that a pastor was charged for a serious sexual offence.

Methodist Church spokesperson Rev. James Bhagwan says they will not entertain immoral behavior where church leaders use their powers to take advantage of its people.

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“People with responsibilities, with authority and various religious committees have abused that power in the community in terms of sexual abuse, rape and the violation of women and children and so this is nothing new for the church in terms of its stance. The church remains very steadfast in the fact that we do not tolerate any of this in any way shape or form.”

Church leaders and the congregation have been urged to familiarize themselves with the code of conduct – which came into effect earlier this year.

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