As such, Archbishop Kleda says, “The recording and dissemination of indecent, shocking or violent images or videos through social media or other platforms seriously undermines human dignity, physical and moral integrity, modesty, public morals and decency.”
“The publication of obscene images has serious repercussions in personal, community and social life,” he adds.
In the light of what has been circulated virtually, Archbishop Kleda launches a “vibrant appeal for everyone to get involved in the moral recovery that our country needs to restore the dignity of the human person, moral values and responsible citizenship.”
He urges the government to “intensify the fight against cybercrime, raise awareness on responsible citizenship, promote moral education in schools and in the community and to punish the perpetrators of such acts without complacency.”
The Catholic Church leader also invites the forces of law and order to “respect the dignity and physical integrity of every human being and to ensure the protection and safety of all.”
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Addressing himself to parents, Archbishop Kleda encourages them “to be responsible for the education of their children and see to their moral education and their human and spiritual formation.”
The Archbishop also invites young people to “seek the life that is in Jesus Christ and not in the life-destroying social media and to resist, with the help of Christ, the exogenous technological and cultural influences that initiate perversion.”
To the people of God in the Central African nation, the Archbishop invites them to “to respect the dignity of every human being, to accord unconditional respect to all human beings, regardless of age, sex, physical or mental health, social status, religion, race or ethnic origin and to use the new information and communication technologies with great discernment and a high sense of responsibility.”
He cautions Cameroonians against indecency saying, “Refrain from producing, disseminating or relaying images or facts, videos or other content likely to go against morality, decency, and human dignity.”
“We believe that we can do something if we all commit ourselves to this struggle, and if we join forces by trusting in the Lord,” he says and implores, “May the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother and Teacher of the Holy Family, who bore the Son of God in her womb, help us to live according to God's will and to glorify Him in our bodies.”
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.