CATHOLIC BISHOPS CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO CLOSE DOWN LGBTQI OFFICE IN ACCRA
The Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC) has called “on the Government of Ghana to close down the LGBTQI office space that was recently opened in Accra.” They further asked, “the President of the Republic and Parliament to state unambiguously their position on the matter of homosexuality and its practice in Ghana.”
The Bishops made these calls in a statement issued on Friday, February 19, 2021, and signed by the Most Reverend Philip Naameh, Archbishop of Tamale and President of the GCBC.
The GCBC “also urged the Executive and the Legislature never to be cowed down or to succumb to the pressure to legalize the rights of LGBTQIs in Ghana.”
According to them “the Church makes a distinction between “the homosexual condition or tendency” and “individual homosexual actions”. For the Church, the latter is “intrinsically disordered” and is “in no case to be approved of”.
In other words, while the Church does not condemn people for being homosexuals or for having the homosexual tendency, “it condemns the homosexual acts that homosexuals perform.”
The statement also mentions that “homosexual activity is not a complementary union, able to transmit life, and so it thwarts the call to a life of that form of self-giving which the Gospel says is the essence of Christian living.”
“Even though the Church strongly condemns homosexual acts, it insists that the rights of homosexuals as persons should be respected.”
The Bishops in their statement commended “Lawyer Moses Foh-Amoaning and the Coalition who for years has been championing the crusade against homosexuality.”
On the 31st of January, 2021 LGBT+ rights Ghana, a movement at the forefront of championing the rights of all LGBTQIA persons in Ghana, hosted a fundraiser to officially introduce and promote its community space and to open its doors to members of the LGBT+ community and its allies.