Ambassador Paulina Patience Abayage, Upper East Regional Minister
The Upper East Regional Hon. Paulina Patience Abayage has made a passionate appeal to Catholic married couples and those who intend going into the holy matrimony to uphold the sanctity of that institution in order for the society to remain the haven of peace and harmony that is desired.
She added that there was the need to strengthen institutions and structures with the necessary capacity to mould families into oasis of love, unity and fraternity and hence break the barriers that militate against lifelong commitment in marriage and the proper care and upbringing of children.
Hon. Minister said this at the 15th biennial congress of the National Union of Ghana Diocesan Priest Association (NUGDPA) at Navrongo in Upper East Region.
The congress was on the theme “challenges in Catholic marriage, the role of the priest”.
Hon. Abayage said considering the choice of the theme it is an opportunity for the clergy to renew their commitment to working for the sanctity of marriage as the fountain of life and humanity.
She added that there was no doubt that many marriages have been saved by priests and others made better for the good of society, however, the minister urged the priests to consider continuous and experimental learning because of wave of globalization and its attendant effect so that they may not lose track of emerging issues in marriage.
The Minister described the relationship between the government of Ghana and the Catholic Church as an enviable one since the current status as a lower middle income country is greatly owed to the active collaboration of both institutions hence, President Nana Akufo Addo would continue to cherish that relationship in moving it to the next level.
In the delivery of solidarity message, the President of Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Philip Naame advised the priest to see every marriage as unique and hence seek different solution to them but a generalized one.
He urged them to find time to visit married couples in their homes to see the reality of the situation and pray with them for Gods intervention.