Society must kick against wrongdoing – Catholic Bishop

Society must kick against wrongdoing – Catholic Bishop

Very Rev Fr Dr Boampong Sarfo Jnr

A member of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference, Very Rev. Fr. Dr Charles Boampong has bemoaned the acceptance of wrongdoing in the society as a norm.

He said it was unfortunate that the wrong things in society were gradu­ally being embraced and applauded and are not considered as abnormal anymore.

Very Rev Fr. Dr. Charles Boampong Sarfo Jnr, an Assistant General Secre­tary of the National Catholic Secre­tariat of the Conference made the observation in his homily last Sunday at the St. Augustine Catholic Church in Ashaiman on Vocation Sunday.

Vocation Sunday is also known as ‘exchange of pulpit’ day, a day where priests move from their original par­ishes to other parishes or stations to celebrate Mass, socialise and mingle with the faithful.

According to him, workers for instance would report to work late but would write a different time in an attendance book to suggest they reported earlier.

“The same applies with those that leave the work place very early but record times that suggest they left the office late. Such practices must not be entertained at all. It is a clear case of dishonesty,” he noted.

“When you report to work late, write the exact time you got to work and when you left. If you do not go to work, don’t say you did,” Rev Dr Sarfo told the congregation.

He said what makes the attitude very serious was the fact that many of the culprits of such practices were Christians who are supposed to live by example and go by the dictates Jesus Christ sets for his followers.

He observed that “there are per­sons who called themselves Christians yet would demand bribe from people before they discharged the duties for which they are paid at the end of the month.”

That attitude, he pointed out was not just ‘unchristian’ but also unpa­triotic and hampers the development of the country.

He encouraged the parishioners to work with their hearts because in that, they would find fulfilment.

The Assistant General Secretary said faithfulness was key in the life of a Christian and they should be a light wherever they found themselves so that their actions would win more souls for Christ.

He lamented a situation where per­sons who were entrusted with other people’s properties maintained them poorly or do not take good care of them at all.

He observed that some people would even inflate the prices of items meant for maintenance so that they could make money out of it for them­selves.

He stated that sadly, some people thought that was being smart but what they fail to see was that they were working at their own destruc­tion.

 From Dzifa Tetteh Tay, Ashaiman

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