Bishops Conference To Engage Mps On Issues

Justice William Atuguba(third from right)poses with the Bishops.With them include,Most Rev.Jean Marie Speich(fourth from right)Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana. Photo. Maxwell K.BilsonThe Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) is engaging Catholic Parliamentarians and politicians on a wide range of issues that border on national development.

These include the Constitutional Review process, corruption, the Plant Breeders Bill, the National Health Insurance Scheme and the Ebola virus disease.

The President of GCBC, Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu, announced this in Accra yesterday at the opening of this year’s Preliminary Assembly of the Conference at the St. Sylvanus Catholic Church, Pokuase, in Accra on the theme, “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of the new evangelisation”.

He said the Conference had also held a meeting with the Education Minister, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, in relation to education in the country, especially, on a Memorandum of Understanding on educational partnership between the state and faith-based organisations.

He said GCBC had gone far with the document on the partnership agreement and was hopeful that in the not too distant future the document would be approved by the government to enhance quality education in the country.

Touching on the theme, Most Rev. Osei-Bonsu said the plenary would examine the meaning of the family as the vital building block of society and ecclesiastical community, and the role of the family as the sanctuary where life is born, natured and welcomed as a gift of life and love.

He expressed worry about the numerous challenges confronting families with the attendant urban economic pressures, financial burdens, marital infidelity, sexual promiscuity and the circular philosophy of relativism, all of which, he said, were undermining the stability of society.

“It is therefore urgent as part of our christian duty that we engage in a more careful pastoral reflection on the family to let the right understanding of it influence whatever decision we take regarding the family”, he said.

A Supreme Court Judge, Justice William Atuguba, called on parents to hold fast to the value of their children and be watchful of what their wards go out to do..

He described as worrying, the spate of promiscuity and the visitation of sites on the internet by some children without the knowledge of their parents.

Unfortunately, he said, a section of the public had gracefully welcomed promiscuity and other immoral acts where such issues were discussed openly without recourse to their religious and moral stands.

Justice Atuguba said if people held up to the dictates of God, there was no way somebody could engage them in acts that were detrimental to their lives.

The Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, Most. Rev. Jean Matie Speich, asked Catholics to be steadfast in their teachings, saying that the Church would not change its decision on the family as those proposing the changes were anti Catholics and therefore asked members to be wary of such people and their motives.

He said there were different theories emerging that sought to change the Catholic teaching on the family but said the church holds to its position.

The General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev. Dr. Stephen K. Opuni commended the Conference for its strong position on corruption and other vices which was fast eating into the fabric of, society.

He urged the government to return the mission schools to their respective institutions and faith-based organisations, so that they could be better managed and help check such ills in the society.

There were solidarity messages from the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, the Ga Traditional Council, the Conference of Major Superiors, the National Catholic Laity Council and the National Union of Ghana Catholic Diocesan Priests Association.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour   & Issaka Adams     

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