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Celibacy in marriage a sin, bishop warns: The Church of England Newspaper, March 21, 2014 April 11, 2014

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Celibacy in marriage is a sin, the Bishop of Sunyani told his diocesan Mothers Union last week. The Rt. Rev. Festus Yeboah-Asuamah to the MU that wives who withhold sexual congress from their husbands are sinning against God and their husbands, prompting their husbands to commit adultery.  “This does not mean men should also over-stretch their wives in sex,” he observed, but noted some wives placed church work above sex.  “Some women had engaged themselves with religious activities to the extent that they do not even have time to satisfied their husbands sexually. This habit, the Bishop said, was a contributory factor to sexual promiscuity by men, which had torn homes and families apart.” The bishop affirmed the church’s teaching that marriage was a lifelong union of a man and a woman and whose purposes as set forth in the liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer.  Mutual flourishing was based not on a mirrored set of responsibilities, but upon the complimentarity of man and woman. Husbands and wives had distinct rolls to fulfill in marriage, but it was a mistake to segregate the relationship into mens’ and women’s work. Each had a responsibility to raise the children, maintain the peace and purity of the marital home, and provide economic support, he said.


Church leaders urge calm as Supreme Court recounts votes in Ghana’s General Election: The Church of England Newspaper, June 9, 2013, p 6. June 13, 2013

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Anglican leaders in West Africa have appealed to Ghanaians to set aside political passions and accept with good grace the forthcoming ruling by the country’s Supreme Court on the validity of the 2012 presidential election.

In a sermon delivered last week at a building dedication ceremony in Nkoranza, the Bishop of Sunyani, the Rt. Rev Festus Yeboah Asuamah, called on Christians, Muslims and followers of traditional African religions to pray for peace.

The opposition has challenged the results of the 7 December 2012 general election that selected a president and 275 members of Parliament. The Electoral Commission declared incumbent president John Mahama winner with 50.7 per cent of the vote cast with his principal challenger Nana Akufo-Addo receiving 47.74 per cent of the vote.

Mr. Akufo-Addo’s New Patriotic Party has alleged fraud and filed a petition with the Ghanaian Supreme Court to review the election results. The NPP claims that the results as stated immediately after their counting in polling stations differ from those used by the Electoral Commission to tally regional votes. The court is currently comparing 11,000 “pink sheets” from local polling stations with the totals reported by the commission.

Dr. Asuamah called for Ghanaians to abide by whatever decision is down by the court and urged “peace and understanding among the people to prevent national division on partisan politics,” Ghana web reported.