Catholic Laity in Ghana Express Solidarity with Bishops against Homosexuality Proponents


ACCRA , 14 March, 2021 / 1:00 PM (ACI Africa).- 

Members of the Catholic Laity Council in Ghana have expressed solidarity with Catholic Bishops in the West African nation against homosexuality proponents who are allegedly attempting to institutionalize and legitimize the practice in the country.

In their statement circulated Thursday, March 11, members of Ghana’s National Catholic Laity Council give five recommendations towards curtailing the spread of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) ideologies in the country.

“We the Catholic Lay faithful of Ghana join the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC) in condemning the attempts at institutionalizing and legitimizing LGBTQI activities in Ghana,” they say in the statement shared with ACI Africa March 11.

The members of the Laity in Ghana note that the Bishops, in their February 19 statement, “advanced very good reasons why Ghanaians should frown on such obnoxious practices which have crept into our society.”

They say that they find it “not fair” that some individuals and groups like the Interfaith Diversity Network of West Africa (IDNOWA) “have misconstrued some of the statements made by GCBC on this controversial issue.”

“The Bishops are level-headed people who take a balanced view on issues and therefore try to be fair to all no matter the issue at hand,” the members of the Laity Council in Ghana say in their statement signed by the Council’s Chairman, Prof. Elias. N. K. Sowley.

Making reference to the Catholic Bishops in Ghana, the members of the Laity add, “It is not right to perceive them as working against the interest of any particular group of people since they consider all human beings as children of God, who were all created in His image.”

In their February 19 statement, Catholic Bishops in Ghana condemned proponents of the practice of homosexuality in the West African nation and urged government authorities  “to state unambiguously their position on the matter.”

The GCBC members were reacting to the controversy, in Ghana, about homosexuality that has pitted the Executive Secretary of the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, Lawyer Moses Foh-Amoaning, and the leadership of the European Union (EU).

The lawyer had condemned the EU leadership in Ghana “for asking Ghanaians to respect and tolerate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) individuals in the country,” the Catholic Bishops recounted in their collective statement signed by GCBC President, Archbishop Philip Naameh.

In making their case against the practice of homosexuality in the West African nation, GCBC members cited the Bible and the teaching of the Catholic Church over the years.

They cautioned against subjecting “homosexuals to harassment just because they are homosexuals” and explained, “The intrinsic dignity of each person must always be respected in word, in action, and in law.”

The Bishops called upon the country’s relevant authorities to “close down the LGBTQI office space that was recently opened in Accra.”

They went on to urge the “Executive and the Legislature never to be cowed down or to succumb to the pressure to legalize the rights of LGBTQIs in Ghana.” 

In their statement dated March 4 and circulated March 11, members of the Laity Council in Ghana weigh in on the matter saying, “We join in our Bishops’ call on the Government of Ghana to close the LGBTQI Office which was recently opened in Accra.”

They add, “The Executive and the Legislature should also heed the Bishops’ call not to succumb to any pressure to legalize the ‘rights’ of LGBTQIs in Ghana.”

A day after the Catholic Bishops made known their stance on the matter, the leadership of IDNOWA, in a statement, claimed that with their remarks, the members of GCBC aimed at instigating violence against LGBTI proponents, were against Pope Francis’ message of mercy and pastoral care for homosexuals, and that the Bishops’ interpretation of Biblical perspectives of the practice were erroneous.

Against these claims, Catholic Bishops in Ghana sought to clarify their stance about homosexuality in the country stating, “What the church disapproves of are homosexual acts which she considers as intrinsically immoral.”

“The inherent immorality of homosexual acts makes it impossible for the church to accept public advocacy and promotion of homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle,” GCBC members explained in their February 25 statement.

They added, “The impression created by the response of IDNOWA that the Bishops are instigating violence against LGBTQI people is incorrect and therefore quite unfortunate.”

Responding to some of IDNOWA’s claims, GCBC members decried the concerted efforts “by a section of the media which supports and promotes homosexuality and is always desperate for some form of approval from the Church” to misinterpret the Holy Father with regard to state laws for civil same sex unions.

The Bishops termed as “obviously false” IDNOWA’s claim that their interpretation of Biblical perspectives on homosexuality were “badly informed” and “outdated according to the theological standards of the Roman Catholic Church.”

Towards curtailing the spread of LGBTQI ideologies in Ghana, members of the Laity Council recommend initiatives toward sensitization programs on LGBTQI in churches, schools and in the communities around the country.

“Parents should closely monitor their children in school and at home to detect any unusual behavior, which mostly goes unnoticed because parents are too busy with the affairs of their daily life,” members of the Laity Council recommend and urge parents and guardians to “monitor their children’s friends both at home and in school.”

They also recommend that parents strive to meet the basic needs of their children lest “some people do so and take undue advantage of them.”

Parents should also restrict and monitor the kind of television content their children watch and the Internet sites they visit, since “there are programs designed to indoctrinate children on LGBTQ,” the Laity in Ghana further recommend.

“Couples, parents and members of the Ghanaian community as a whole should look out for signs of an unusual or lavish lifestyle in their spouses, children, and other people in their vicinity,” they also recommend.

They add, “If people are living beyond their means then others should take interest in where they are getting their extra income from.”

Making reference to the Book of Genesis, members of the Laity Council in Ghana remind the people of God in the West African country that “sexes of humans were created by God for procreation” and that LGBTQI ideologies contravene this divine purpose.

“How will this command from God be obeyed if LGBTQI activities are perpetuated by humanity?” members of the Laity Council in Ghana pose.

SOURCE ACI Africa. Published with permission.

PHOTO CREDIT: National Catholic Laity Council-Ghana

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