Accra, 14 November, 2023 / 9:20 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC) are proposing the development of well-structured catechetical and formation programs, among other sets of proposals to address the decreasing number of Catholic faithful in the West African nation.
The 2021 Population and Housing Census (2021 PHC) in Ghana shows the number of Catholics declined from 15.1% to 10.0% since the 2010 census.
In a statement they issued on Monday, November 13 at the end of their Plenary Assembly, members of the GCBC say that the decreasing Catholic population calls for a “very sober reflection” from Bishops, Clergy, Religious, and the lay faithful.
“The Church in Ghana may embark on an aggressive catechesis to deepen the knowledge of the Lay faithful about the faith. The Church must strengthen and deepen the catechesis offered for the reception of the Sacraments, particularly the Sacraments of Christian Initiation so that the catechesis is not only theoretical but one that leads to the true conversion of the heart and mind of the catechumens,” GCBC members say.
The GCBC assembly was themed ‘Fostering the Growth of the Catholic Church in Ghana Through Collaborative Ministry’.