The Ghana Bishops’ Conference (GDBC) has stated that the Catholic Church would oppose any attempt to falsify moral values in society, calling on parents to play a more active role in their children’s education, by instilling religious and moral values in them. Unesco has launched a vast sex education campaign in the country aimed at the youngest.
Speaking to the media following the opening of the Episcopal Plenary Assembly on November 11, 2019 in Cape Coast, Archbishop Philip Naameh, Archbishop of Tamale and President of the GCBC, spoke of the recent government attempt to introduce Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) into the basic school curriculum. He recalled that the Church remains firmly opposed to this idea because “the act of reproduction is not something that can be arbitrarily exercised: it is what essentially differentiates the human being from the animal devoid of reason.”
“The context of sexuality is marriage. If you are not married, you should not practice sexuality and that is where the main objection of the Church comes from. Wanting to teach little boys from five to six years old how to exercise sexuality and all the rest is wrong. Our traditional culture contains an initiation in this field. When someone reaches the age when marriage can be considered, he receives an initiation. We do not teach sexuality in a vacuum.”
And anyway, adds the prelate, “it is not up to supra-national interests to finance the government to implement such a policy; it is the parents who have the primary responsibility” for their children.
As in other emerging countries, it is Unesco which, together with the government, launched the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) program in Ghana. It is a vast campaign supported by homosexual and global networks to transform mentalities by acting on the youngest.
In response, President Nana Akufo-Addo decided to suspend the program. The final message of the Plenary Assembly of Bishops therefore included an address to the President of the nation thanking him for his decision, encouraging him to take further steps to prevent any attempt to reintroduce this program. “We strongly oppose any CSE that teaches LGBTQ acceptance and same-sex marriage as normal,” the bishops added.
During his speech, Archbishop Naameh recalled the other challenges facing the Ghanaian Church: “the proliferation of sects,” the Christians’ relationship to “king money,” the lack of faith,” and spiritual “apathy.”