“It is also important to add that for the past 44 years that I have been a Priest, I have always promoted peaceful coexistence, religious tolerance and harmony amongst all people,” the President of GCBC went on to say.
Indeed, he continued, “all these years, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference has insisted on mutual collaboration among Christians, Moslems, Traditional Leaders and all other Faith-Based Organizations in the country for peaceful co-existence and the common Good.”
False claims by the media seek to create discord among those championing the proposed law that aims to outlaw homosexual practices in the country, the Ghanaian Archbishop said, adding in reference to journalists behind the October 8 CNN report, “I have the feeling that they only sought to cause disaffection for me and break the front of the formidable Coalition behind the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill.”
The proposed Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill, which was introduced in Ghana’s Parliament in July, is a legal provision that would punish displays of same-sex affection and advocacy for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community rights with up to a decade in prison.
“It is in the light of the above that I call on all peace-loving Ghanaians and all people of goodwill to disregard with contempt the fabrications and distortions which are intended to distract our collective quest to make sure the bill is passed,” GCBC President said during the October 11 presser.
In a statement dated September 28, GCBC members expressed their support for the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill.
“We, the Catholic Bishops of Ghana, write in support of the draft Bill presented to Parliament to make homosexual practices illegal in Ghana,” the Catholic Bishops said.
They add, “Our voice needs to be heard on this matter not only because, in our view, it is morally unacceptable but also because according to the 2010 population census, the Catholic Church in Ghana constitutes a sizable percentage of the population, that is, about 13.1 per cent of the population of Ghana.”
“As a Church, we want this abominable practice made illegal in our country,” GCBC members said in their collective statement circulated October 7.
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