Christians involvement in galamsey worrying – Catholic Bishops

Members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference have described as worrying the involvement of Christians in galamsey activities in Ghana.

According to the Bishops’ galamsey is an unsustainable mining practice that must be avoided at all costs since
joblessness and poverty are no license for lawlessness and destruction of Ghana’s natural resource
base.

The Bishops say the menace is against the call of Pope Francis in Laudato Si for all to know how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor and commitment to society (cf. LS, 10) appears not to be heeded to.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of their annual Plenary Assembly in Donkorkrom in the Eastern Region, President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Most Rev. Philip Naameh said what makes galamsey more worrying is that, the act is perpetuated by some Catholics and other Christians of other denominations.

“Your Excellencies, looking at all these situations we find ourselves in and the fact that some of the people involved are members of our Church, is enough to get us worried. It appears the love of money has deafened some of our faithful to the message of Christ and blinded them to the needs of the poor who are affected by their activities. Amid all these, our churches are full on Sundays,” Archbishop Naameh said.

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