Libreville, 20 January, 2022 / 8:33 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Church leaders in Gabon have, in a collective statement, expressed concern about challenges members of families are facing and called for what they have termed “a genuine policy that promotes and protects life.”
In their statement shared with ACI Africa Thursday, January 20, members of the Episcopal Conference of Gabon (CEG) say, “The family faces many difficulties, socially, economically, educationally and in terms of health.”
“These new realities are reflected in a number of problems, including all kinds of deviance in marriage, in particular the problem of the dowry, unaccountable sexuality with the rampant phenomenon of early pregnancies, abortions, even though are forbidden by current legislation, drug abuse, job insecurity accentuated by endemic unemployment and unequal access to quality health care, especially in rural areas,” the Catholic Bishops say in their collective statement dated January 16.
In the face of the highlighted challenges at family level, the Catholic Church leaders advocate for appropriate strategies that safeguard human life saying, “The family cannot flourish without a genuine policy that promotes and protects life.”
“For the Church, all human life is sacred. From conception to death, it has equal dignity and deserves to be preserved,” CEG members add.