Men's Synod Workshop - St Pius X Raiwaqa Parish


By Pio Burese


A team comprised of myself, Fonorito Josaia, Peni Nabou, Visoni Ravai and Jacob Kivi attended the first ever Men's Synod Seminar at Korolevu on the 10th-12th of August this year.

"The two-day seminar enriched us spiritually with the Aim - To empower men, to reflect on their experiences in light of theology, bible and church, with the Methodology -  to SEE-JUDGE- ACT.  "

"Over the period of two days, speakers conducted more than 10 different topics regarding male role in the changing world and especially here in Fiji. "


"On Sunday the 21st of October, after the 8:30am Mass, we presented to the Men of the Parish, a 30-minute presentation on one the topics; Social Catholic Teachings of the Church:

Catholic Social Teaching (CST) is founded on a scripture and the teachings of the Church Fathers
Emerged at the end of the nineteenth century as a response to the injustices of the Industrial Revolution and the threat of Communism
An authoritative Church teaching on social, political and economic issues. 
CST is informed by Gospel values and the lived experience of Christian reflection
It provides principles for reflection, a criteria for judgement and guidelines for action
It enables us in our struggle to live our faith in justice and peace

 Ten Principles 
Dignity of the Human Person
Every human being is created in the image of God and redeemed by Jesus Christ, and is therefore is invaluable 
and worthy of respect as a member of human family,

The Dignity and Vocation of Women (Mulieris Dignitatem) Pope St. John Paul II 1988
. The biblical text provides bases for recognizing the essential quality of man and woman from the point of view of their humanity.  Only on the basis of this principle can both of them, and in particular the women, "discover themselves" as a true "unity of the two" according to the dignity of the person. The matrimonial union  requires respect for and a perfecting of the true personal subjectivity of both of them. The woman cannot become the "object" of domination" and male "possession"

Respect for Human Life Every person, from the moment of conception to natural death, has inherent dignity and a right to life consistent with that dignity.
Human Equality 
Equality of all persons comes from their essential dignity.... While differences in talents are a part of God's plan, social and cultural discrimination in fundamental rights... are not compatible with God's design.
Association Our traditional proclaims that the person is not only sacred but social. However we organize our society - in economics and politics, in law and policy- directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. 

Participation We believe people have a right and duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable. 

Preference for the poor
We believe that we touch Christ when we touch the needy. The story of the last judgement plays a very important role in the Catholic Faith tradition. From its earliest days, the Church has taught we will be judged by what we choose to do or not to  do in regards to the hungry, the thirsty, the sick, the homeless, and the prisoner. 

Solidarity Catholic social teaching proclaims that we are our brothers' and sisters' keepers, wherever they live. We are one human family... Learning to practice the virtue of solidarity means learning that 'loving our neighbor' has global dimensions in an independent world. 

Stewardship The Catholic tradition insists that we show our support for the Creator by our stewardship of creation

This principle deals chiefly with the responsibilities and limits of government, and the essential roles of voluntary associations.
Common Good The common good is understood as the social conditions that allow people to reach their full human potential and to realize their human dignity. 

    See, Judge and Act 
  • The challenge of putting these principle into practice: See, Judge and Act 
  • It has focused on major themes that have evolved in response to the challenges of the day 
  • The Church has the duty of scrutinizing the signs of the times and of interpreting them in the light of the Gospel
  • It is up to the Christian communities to analyze the situation proper to their own country, to shed on it the light of the Gospel, and to draw principles of reflection, norms of judgement and directives for action from CST. "