Lome, 31 July, 2020 / 9:02 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Church leaders in Togo have, in a collective statement, expressed their concerns about the state of morality in their country, questioning the role of teachers and parents in the upbringing of children in the West African nation.
The Thursday, July 30 statement from the members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET) follows online pornographic videos that emerged a couple of weeks ago featuring college students in the country’s capital, Lomé, Togo Tribune reported July 13.
In their collective statement seen by ACI Africa, the members of CET condemn the actions of the alleged students and the publication of the pornographic videos on social media saying the practices are “a sad illustration” of the “moral crisis which is shaking the world and which does not spare our country.”
“We invite not only the students concerned but also parents, educators, religious leaders and various civil and public institutions to take seriously the threats faced by families, especially young people and children,” the Bishops say in their collective statement signed by CET’s Secretary General, Fr. Émile Segbedji.
They add, “Beyond the sanctions and reprobation which such actions give rise to, we ask that emphasis be laid on education, on the preservation of our human, cultural and Christian values.”