“In the name of peace, parents and guardians are reminded that they have a God-given responsibility to discourage their under-age children and wards from voting,” the Church leaders say in their collective message.
They also call on security agents, the media, traditional and religious leaders to work toward peaceful elections in Ghana.
In the statement signed by GCBC President, Archbishop Philip Naameh, the Bishops express their concerns about the integrity of the environment.
“We continue to inflict harm of various kinds and degrees on our natural environment by our irresponsible use of it. We plunder our environment recklessly through indiscriminate dumping of refuse and industrial waste, 'galamsey' activities, logging, deforestation, water pollution and other forms of ecological degradation,” GCBC members say.
They remind Ghanaians that “our natural resources belong to those gone before us, those of us living and those who will come after us.”
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“We must therefore refrain from selfish exploitation of our natural resources to the extent that generations after us will be deprived of their fair share of these resources,” they say.
The members of GCBC are also concerned about the outlook of “our national economy beyond COVID-19 as the real impact of the global pandemic remains largely unmeasured and undetermined.”
They call on “political leaders and development partners to collaborate to support countries with fragile economies such as ours to benefit from economic reliefs that will help in their economic recovery from the COVID19 economic downturn.”
Regarding education, the Bishops “vehemently” condemn “all acts of occultism and homosexuality in some of our educational institutions, promoted or sponsored by people in and outside the schools to the detriment of human dignity and the standard of education in Ghana.”
They also express their condemnation for examination malpractices “such as selling and buying of question papers and the trading of grades in cash or kind,” stressing the unique critical role “Mission schools have been playing to assist Government to offer quality education delivery in Ghana.”
The Bishops note that “the Church teaches that true education is directed towards the formation of the human person in view of his final end and the good of that society to which he belongs and in the duties to which he will, as an adult, have a share.”
The members of GCBC also express their concerns about human dignity outlining “the many evils that have taken over our dear nation such as the rampant armed robbery cases, stealing, murders, careless and reckless driving on our roads.”
“We also call for more presence of the Police on our roads and for closer collaboration between our security agencies and local community institutions and authorities to strengthen the mechanisms that will ensure the safety of life and property in our country,” they say in their November 13 collective statement.
The Catholic Bishops assure all Ghanaians of “our prayers for a peaceful and successful elections in December.”
“We wish to appeal to all to avoid the tendency of doing anything that will disturb the peace we currently enjoy as a people,” GCBC members say.
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.