Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra, Most Rev. Anthony Narh Asare, has raised critical questions regarding the formation processes designated by both the Church and the state for the youth in the country.
Addressing a gathering at this year’s Conversations in the Cathedral on December 13, Bishop Narh Asare emphasized the urgency of guiding the youth toward maturity and instilling hope in the face of contemporary challenges.
Quoting Luke 2:40 and 2:52, the Bishop highlighted Jesus’ transition from childhood to maturity, emphasizing the role of parents in guiding the youth. He challenged the Church and the nation to evaluate their efforts in providing adequate formation processes and questioned the effectiveness of existing initiatives beyond catechesis and Bible teachings.
“The questions we must ask ourselves as a church and even as a nation are: what formation processes have we duly laid out for the youth? Do we really have any Youth formation plan that guides the youth from infancy into maturity like Mary and Joseph did for Jesus or we have allowed them to grow on their own?” the Bishop said.
He shed light on the multifaceted challenges faced by the youth in Ghana, including unemployment, poverty, substance abuse, broken homes, and engagement in social vices. Urging the Church to address these issues, he questioned the adequacy of existing formation processes and emphasized the need for a comprehensive plan.