The Interfaith Diversity Network of West Africa (IDNOWA) has hit at the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) following their recent condemnation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQI) rights in Ghana.
The GCBC in a release on Friday, February 19, 2021, noted that it does not recognize same-sex marriage because it goes against what the bible preaches.
The Catholic Bishops urged government to stand firm and not succumb to pressure to legitimize LGBTQI rights.
“We, the Catholic Bishops of Ghana, write to condemn all those who support the practice of homosexuality in Ghana,” part of a release from the GCBC signed by its President, Most Reverend Philip Nameeh said.
The three-paged release concludes, “In the light of the foregoing, we call upon the President of the Republic and Parliament to state unambiguously their position on the matter of homosexuality and its practice in Ghana. We also call on the Government of Ghana to close down the LGBTQI office space that was recently opened in Accra. Finally, we also urge the Executive and the Legislature never to be cowed down or to succumb to the pressure to legalize the rights of LGBTQIs in Ghana.”
In a rebuff, the Interfaith Diversity Network of West Africa has slammed at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
A release from the group dated Saturday, February 20, 2021, says arguments made by the GCBC are outdated and badly informed.
“The arguments made by the GCBC are outdated and badly informed. When the bishops refer to biblical perspectives on homosexuality, they present interpretations that are outdated according to the theological standards of the Roman Catholic Church,” the IDNOWA said in a statement.
For Davis Mac-Iyalla who is Executive Director of Interfaith Diversity Network of West Africa, the GCBC should desist from instigating hate and focus on preaching the message of repentance.
“At the beginning of lent, the GCBC should come up with a message of reflection and repentance for the people of faith. Instead, it instigates violence and hate crimes against LGBTI people by using words such as ‘crusade’ against LGBTI in an affirmative way,” he stated.
Davis Mac-Iyalla adds, “Our local bishops have distorted the powerful message of mercy and pastoral care for LGBTI people and their families that Pope Francis promotes. How do they relate to the Pope who most recently has spoken out in favour of state laws for civil unions of same-sex couples and the right for LGBTI people to have a family?”.
Find below the full release from the Interfaith Diversity Network of West Africa: