The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC), has joined the Christian Council of Ghana, in advocating dialogue on religious practices in mission schools.
?We believe that the Ghana Peace Council has the capacity to deal with the issue in broad consultation with all stakeholders, especially, religious leaders who own and manage the mission schools,?
?Until this is done, we wish to call on government and all other persons to refrain from issuing statements or making pronouncements which may not help in finding a peaceful solution to this issue. Dialogue is the key for in reasoning with others through dialogue, we obtain justice and peace?.
A statement signed by Most Reverend Joseph Osei-Bonsu, President of GCBC and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra said, the Bishops have followed with grave concern the recent developments in the country with respect to calls for unregulated religious practices in our schools.
The statement said conference noted the unwarranted threats of sanction coming from Government circles, and that no citizen in the country should allow him/herself to be cowed down by any intimidation, or threat of sanction from any individuals.
The statement assured Heads of Catholic Educational Institutions to remain resolute, and not feel unduly intimidated by threat of sanctions, urging them to continue to manage the schools in ways and practices that are in conformity with our Catholic identity and mission.