ACCRA, JANUARY 6, 2015, (CISA) – Ghana Catholic bishops have condemned “corruption and widespread immorality that threaten the nation.”
In a New Year message signed by Bishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu, of Konongo-Mampong and President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC) the bishops termed bribery and corruption “the twin evils” that continue to ravage every fabric of the Ghanaian society, reported Vatican Radio.
“If corruption is rife in our country today, it is principally because, even though we have strong institutions, there is generally speaking a lack of integrity on the part of the people operating these institutions and on the part of many individuals in the country,” the bishops said.
“If people were guided in their consciences by integrity and honesty, there would be no corruption or, at least, it would be reduced drastically and Ghana would be a better place than it is today,” they added.
According to the bishops, other evils afflicting the nation, are permissiveness, casual sex and its consequences like the termination of unwanted pregnancies and spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV-AIDS, taking of illicit drugs, internet fraud and “other forms of fraud that are destroying the nation.”
To address these evils, the bishops urged Ghanaians to take their religion seriously.
“Whether we are Christians or Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists, Shintoists or practitioners of African Traditional Religion, let us apply the tenets of our religion to our daily lives so that we can lead morally good lives and be good citizens,” the bishops said.