Ghana Jesuit Entity Calls on Bishops to Consider “Current Realities” in Plenary Assembly

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“As our country faces profound challenges such as the rapidly deteriorating economic conditions exacerbated by our unstable currency, the wanton destruction of our country’s land and water resources through illegal small-scale mining, aka galamsey, heightened political tensions due to apparent government intransigence etc., this meeting of our Bishops, called by God to be watchmen for the people of Ghana, could not be more timely,” they say.

“The GCBC has a long history of crucial interventions in the socio-political life of Ghana,” says the leadership of AJI, adding that “today too, there is no doubt that we – Catholics and non-Catholics – look forward with look forward to the GCBC to demonstrate the continuity of this illustrious tradition of prophetic engagement with Ghanaian society.

They urge Catholic bishops to continue “to be the voice of the voiceless, to speak the truth courageously and unambiguously to power, to denounce evil, to defend the powerless, to defend the common good, including the good to care for our common home in the spirit of Laudato Si’.”

“The providence of the GCBC assembly coinciding with the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), to be held November 6-18 in Egypt, invites, no, demands more urgent action from the Catholic Church and the entire Christian community to preserve and protect the natural resources of Ghana for posterity,” the officials of the Jesuit entity say.

They continue, “AJI expresses the hopes of many in Ghana that our Bishops will show leadership in this regard, even beyond the communiqués.”

In the November 4 message, the leadership of the Jesuit entity promises “unreserved support for our bishops.”

AJI officials urge “all – Catholics and non-Catholics – in fact, all people of good will to accompany our shepherds in prayer during their days of prayer and deliberation.”

Guided in their discernment and emboldened in their actions by the Holy Spirit, AJI leaders pray that GCBC members “embody the truth of Scripture that the Spirit God has given us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

“We entrust this assembly of the GCBC to Saint Charles Borromeo, the patron saint of bishops, whose feast begins this plenary assembly”, they implore, and “ask for the prayerful intercession of Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles, for the successors of the apostles tending the flock of Christ in Ghana.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist passionate about the communication of the Catholic Church. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude is a journalist for ACI Africa.

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