Most Rev Bishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu
The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Most Rev Bishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu, has appealed to politicians, the judiciary, security agencies, the Customs, Excise and Preventive Service, DVLA, sports persons, traditional rulers, priests, ministers, pastors and the media to avoid bribery and corruption.
The aberration, according to the top clergyman, who is also the Bishop of Konongo and Mampong, militates against national development.
‘If there is bribery and corruption, it is largely because people are not acting with integrity wherever they are. If they were guided in their consciences by integrity and honesty, there would be no corruption or, at least, it would be reduced, and Ghana would be a better place than it is today,’ he said.
These were contained in this year’s Easter message of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
The celebration of Easter, the bishop said, ‘Should make us realise that as Ghanaians we are one people. The peace that Christ gives at Easter should make us rise above all negative or harmful tendencies and see ourselves as members of one nation.’
As members of the one family of Ghanaians, he went on, ‘Let us realise that there is the need for us to live in unity and peace. As Christians and as children of God, we should realise as St Paul says, that ‘there is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).’
In the light of this, he said, ‘We should eschew all ethnocentric tendencies, actions and statements that will not bring peace to our dear country Ghana.’
Ghanaians, he said, ‘Should avoid saying and doing things that will bring about religious intolerance, bigotry and conflict in our country as he urged all from the various religious persuasions to continue to live together in peace and to use peaceful and legitimate means to resolve all differences and challenges that may arise.
As we celebrate Easter, he went on, ‘It is the prayer of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference that we will always keep in mind the other-worldly dimension of our Christian lives, that we will endeavour to fight against evil in our lives and that we will try to become better Christians and citizens who will ensure that the peace of the risen Christ will be in the hearts of all Ghanaians and other people of good will.’
Easter, he told Christians, has moral implications on the lives of Christians as he added, ‘If we have died and risen with Christ, then we should endeavour to put an end to all immoral acts. The feast of Easter should challenge us to avoid a whole lot of immoral acts including stealing, armed robbery, the taking of illicit drugs such as cocaine and Indian hemp, drunkenness, reckless driving, internet fraud and other forms of fraud that are destroying the nation.’
By A.R. Gomda
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