Caritas Papua New Guinea
Justice, Peace, Relief & Development Agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in PNG
We are prophets of a future not our own – Archbishop Romero
Representing the Diocese of Kavieng and speaking on behalf of His Lordship, Bishop Ambrose Kiapseni MSC DD and all the Catholic faithful of the Diocese of Kavieng, Vicar General, Fr Vincent Takin thereby; voicing out the objective of the Commission for Social Concerns, which Caritas Png is part and partial of, strongly emphasized that the “responsibility for the environment, the common heritage of mankind, extends not only to present needs but also to those of the future.”
Fr Vincent further added that, “In order, for any development to take place, it is the people who must be the object of development and not subject to it in so far as they must have the absolute clear and transparent necessary background information on whatever development that will come about with all its impact on their; social, cultural, traditional, physical and spiritual aspects of their lives therefore giving their consent.”
IMAGE: Fr Vincent Takin the Parish Priest of St Martin of Tours Namatanai Parish speaking at the Seabed Mining Forum, Namatanai, New Ireland Province. June 8th, 2017.
“Seabed Mining is a totally new thing to our people and the world as a whole and why come and exploit our people and its beautiful environment? This year, the Universal Church has chosen its theme as the Year of the Children? Our decisions and activities today must be based on the common good of our future children and their children’s children”
“New Ireland has two (2) Gold mines with high grade gold, has logging activities with copra, oil palm and cocoa as the main commodities to its provincial resources’ income so why are we opening ourselves to something never tested nor proven which we never gave consent to but the government of the day did that without even having all the necessary information and knowledge as to whatever impact it will bear upon our people and our environment. Why exhaust all our natural resources at once when we have more than enough now? what about our future generation?”
“Therefore, for the sake of ourselves and our future generation, STOP USING US AND OUR ENVIRONMENT AS GUINEA PIGS”!!! HALT THE SOLWARA 1 PROJECT!!! BAN SEABED MINING IN NEW IRELAND!”
Compiled by John Momori
Caritas PNG Parish Coordinator
St Martin of Tours Namatanai Parish
 Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (Mumbai: Pauline Publications, 2004), 285.