APPEAL OF THE PNG CATHOLIC BISHOPS TO THE PNG NATIONAL POLITICAL LEADERS. TO END THE CURRENT POLITICAL IMPASSE IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA
We, the Catholic Bishops of Papua New Guinea, urgently appeal to all national politicians to end the current political impasse.
Papua New Guinea has been an Independent democratic nation for over 30 years. Legislative, judiciary and executive branches of government are based on a widely respected Constitution.
The nation has come to a critical point that challenges its commitment to Christian principles and traditional values. The people of this nation expect their leaders to act for the common good.
History has shown us that democracies have flourished when a Constitution and laws are properly enacted, carefully followed and legally reviewed. Structures of accountability are essential to ensure that no one is above the law, to restrain human greed, and to limit the proper use of power.
We remind you, our political leaders, that in recent times we have seen that the misuse of power in young democracies of developing countries has led to violence and political uncertainty. In some cases the result has been the loss of a democratic process and the rule of law.
The current political situation in Papua New Guinea raises doubts in the minds of many about who has the legitimate authority to govern and about the proper way to make decisions that affect the nation. The possible delay of national elections also contributes to an increased uncertainty among the people.
With great love for God and the people of this nation we, the Catholic Bishops of Papua New Guinea, urgently appeal to you, our political leaders, to end this impasse swiftly. And we urge you to do this in the way that is transparent and just and that promotes the common good of all the people.
It is now or never!
The Catholic Bishops of Papua New Guinea
24 April 2012