‘Disrespect for authority, the elderly un-Ghanaian’

The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference has described as un-Ghanaian the politics of insults, abuse and disrespect in the nation’s body politic.

In a collective pastoral letter issued on August 10, 2020, the bishops said the practice was not only “un-Ghanaian and uncultured”, but also “inhibits the free flow of diverse perspectives, rich ideas and opinions that are critically needed for nation-building and solving the complex socio-political problems facing our society today”.

The four-page letter headlined: “Politics for Nation Building and Social Cohesion in Ghana” was signed by Most Rev. Philip Naameh, Archbishop of Tamale and President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

The bishops, therefore, called on political actors and communicators to remain civil when canvassing for their respective political parties and personalities.

“Closely related to this culture of insults and disrespect towards authority is a growing phenomenon of disregard and disrespect for the elderly in our society,” the statement noted.

The Ghanaian culture, the bishops stressed, was built on courtesies for the elderly, hence the need to continue offering them assistance and showing concern for their well-being.

The bishops also registered their displeasure at the gruesome murder of the 90-year-old woman who was accused of witchcraft, and called for severe punishment for the perpetrators of the inhumane practice.

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