More on Fiji and Father Kevin Barr. Why does Michael Field mis-represent so much?

Yesterday I wrote at Truth about the facts of the case of Father Kevin Barr.

More information has come to light that shows that Michael Field is extremely economical with the Truth. People like David Farrar as well as Fairfax should be very wary of using his information about Fiji.

This time confirmation of the real situation comes from an email by Father Kevin Barr to Croz Walsh:

Dear Croz,

Greetings from Fiji!

Sorry I have not been in touch recently but I have been busy and did not have access to my internet.  Our system has had some problems.

You are obviously aware of the events of the past few days and the misunderstandings and misinterpretations that seem to have arisen. You might like to publish this statement on your blogsite. 

My comment on the flag was not intended to be disrespectful to Fiji, government or the PM.  As reported, the rumour intended to be a humourous dig at the growing Chinese influence in Fiji about which I had previously expressed some concern to the PM. Some, including the PM, seem to have taken the letter as an insult and I again apologise if they have seen it as such.  It was not my intention.

Also, unfortunately, my confidential letter to the Archbishop and a few close friends got into the hands of some anti-government bloggers who publicised it widely and made me appear to be anti-government.

Again some misrepresented my talk on Social Justice at the recent FTUC Conference as being involvement in the founding of a new political party. While I do support worker’s unions, I had nothing to do with the founding of a new party.  My views on the Church and politics can be found in my various articles – most recently in my recent booklet on “Social Justice in the Judeo-Christian Tradition” chapter 6.

Also I did not “seek asylum” at the Australian High Commission (as some have stated).  I simply went and informed the High Commission of my situation and the misunderstandings which seem to have arisen.

As you know, for the last few years I have supported many of the good things government has been doing.  However I have also offered my criticisms directly to the PM and I trust these have been helpful and positive.

I am grateful that the decision for me to leave Fiji has been revoked by the PM. I see Fiji as my home and I am committed to all the people I love and serve here.  I continue to hope that a positive way forward for Fiji will be found and the vision originally proposed by the PM will become a reality.

You are welcome to publish the above as a clarification to the misinterpretations which seem to have emerged.

Keep well and every blessing.

Kevin Barr.


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  • kehua

    Ol Father Kev might be better to keep his mouth shut and just be seen to be a fool ……..

  • island time

    If you look at Fields articles over the past five years, you will be hard pressed to find one positive article about Fiji. I have seen him asking dumb questions on Nadraki Facebook trying to understand cyclones etc. He only looks for the negative angle on everything when in fact a lot of good things happen over there. I recall seeing a blog site of Fields and his comments were pretty disgraceful. He should not be taken as a serious