CONCEPT ON BRIDE PRICE IN GHANA HAS BEEN MONETARIZED, SAYS ARCHBISHOP

ACCRA, The president of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) and Archbishop of Tamale, the Most Reverend Philip Naameh, says the concept of bride price in the country has been taken out of its original traditional context and become increasingly monetarized.

Consequently, the expense of marrying properly according to traditional rules has become burdensome for the average man seeking the hand of a woman in marriage, the archbishop observed at the opening of this year’s plenary assembly of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Ho, the capital of Volta Region (province), about 190 kilometres North East of here Tuesday.

Speaking on the theme, Integral Pastoral Care for the Family in the light of Amoris Laetitia, he said there was also confusion surrounding the ceremony of traditional marriage, which properly subsists in the exchange of gifts in ceremonial meetings of the parties and their extended families, now known as engagement, occasioning duplication of rites and costs.

Archbishop Naameh said the practice was distorting the relationship between the character of traditional marriage and church marriage and he called for an inculturation of Christian marriage in the Ghanaian church to preserve a more reflected convention of culture and faith.

He also called on the government to partner the Church to provide affordable housing packages to young couples, especially families with disabled children, to keep peace, unity and love in the family and charged churches to show love to homosexual unions.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK