Emmanuel Gamson, GNA
Tamale, Dec 2, GNA – The Most Reverend Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, Catholic Bishop of Sunyani, has observed that individualism among members of the Catholic faith was becoming a challenge to Catholic teachings and principles.
“The fruits of individualism are greed, selfishness, and exploitation. As it is expected, these attitudes are common in our parishes, offices, families, and societies”, and urged members of the church to avoid the act to strengthen the progress of the church.
Delivering an address, at the Opening of the 18th Biennial Plenary Assembly of the Tamale Ecclesiastical Province Pastoral Conference (TEPPCON), in Tamale, the Most Reverend Gyamfi said “Many people attend church not for love of God and neighbour, but because of what they will get. When people are given positions of service in the church, as Jesus demands, they think first about what is in the position for themselves.”
It was on the theme “Challenges and Prospects of the Catholic Church Today – the need for Renewal Missionary Discipleship and Catechetical Formation”.
The Most Reverend Gyamfi emphasised that individualism led to situations where individuals, including Christians were ready to sacrifice the lives of fellow human beings for their personal gains.
He stressed the need for members of the Catholic Church to eschew such acts, and urged them to emulate the lives of the early missionaries.
The Most Reverend Philip Naameh, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale,called for strategic measures to help prevent land and other environmental degradation in society.
“We can use the power of moral outrage and peaceful protest to stop our rosewood, Shea trees and others from being extracted by powerful economic interests, which has serious implications for us as people”, he noted.
He encouraged members of the public to adopt the habit of planting trees in their neighborhood to help tackle climate change and make the environment safe for living. The church also launched a website for TEPPCON and TEPPCON Civic Education Training ManualGNA