Ghana: We are against LGBTQ + activities – Catholic bishops reiterate their position
The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) has strengthened its position against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ +) activities in the country.
According to the president of the Conference, Bishop Philip Naameh, the Catholic Church continues to support the bill on human sexual rights and family values which aims to criminalize such activities.
“The Catholic Church’s position on LGBTQIA +, which I have stated in several media interviews, has remained the same; that such practices are contrary not only to Christian values, but also to Muslim and traditional values, ”he said.
Archbishop Philip Naameh, Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale in the Northern region, emphasized at a press conference held yesterday in Accra to refute an allegation against him.
The priest reportedly said in a CNN interview collected by some local news portals that the country risked becoming a predominantly Muslim country if lesbian, gay and LGBTQ + activities were allowed.
The viral story follows GCBC’s participation in a presentation of a memorandum to parliament in support of the anti-LGBTQ + bill by a coalition of Christian groups.
The bill, which is opposed by another coalition of academics, professionals and civil society organizations, seeks to criminalize and impose prison terms on LGBTQ + and those who promote such activities in the country. .
“I would like to state categorically and for the avoidance of doubt that the statement attributed to me is false and in no way reflects the actual content of the conversation which has to do with the church’s support for the bill.
Most of Rev. Naameh said in said interview with CNN, did not cause any religious division or attempt to destroy the religious cohesion that has existed in the country as described in viral reports.
“It is also important to add that for 44 years that I have been a priest, I have always promoted peaceful coexistence, religious tolerance and harmony among all.
“In addition, I have the feeling that they were only trying to cause me disaffection and to break the front of the formidable coalition behind the bill on human sexual rights and family values,” he said. -he declares.
Most Reverends Naameh therefore called on the public to disregard with contempt “fabrications and distortions” that were intended to distract from the collective quest to ensure the bill passes.
Over the years, he said, the Conference has insisted on mutual collaboration between Christians, Muslims, traditional leaders and all other faith-based organizations in the country for peaceful coexistence and the common good.