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Ghanaian archbishop asks Christians to have modest wedding ceremonies

A Ghanaian archbishop called on Christians to be modest in the celebration of weddings, noting that pressure on young people to have expensive weddings is partly to blame for couples living together without marrying.

Noting that divorce causes great pain to families, Archbishop Philip Naameh of Tamale, president of the Ghana Bishops’ Conference, said “it is a fundamental duty of the church to reaffirm strongly the doctrine of the indissolubility of marriage.”

The archbishop gave the keynote address at the 11th-12th July Marshall Mureau Murat memorial lectures with the theme, ‘Responding to ‘Amoris Laetitia’ with love in the family’, at Christ the King Parish. Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) is Pope Francis’ 2016 apostolic exhortation after two synods of bishops on the family.

The memorial lectures, the 15th in the biennial series, were organised by the Knights and Ladies of Marshall, a Catholic society with about 3,000 members in Ghana, Togo, Benin, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom.

“Divorce or separation is a serious wound to the indissolubility of the marriage bond and the good of marriage in general,” Archbishop Naameh said.

Picture: Archbishop Philip Naameh, president of the Ghana Bishops’ Conference, is escorted into Christ the King Parish Hall in Accra on 11th July. (CNS photo/Damian Avevor, The Catholic Standard).