Religion of 2013-12-09

Christians challenged to expose corruption

The Supreme Knight of the Knights of Marshall, Sir Knight Joseph Ekow Paintsil, has challenged Christians to muster courage to expose corruption in society.
According to him, “corrupt acts are becoming the norm rather than an aberration” saying that it was “being perpetrated in both high and low places”.
Addressing members of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall after the dedication of an oratory for Council 10 and Court Five at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Okponglo, last Saturday, Sir Knight Paintsil said the current state of corrupt acts, which had become a canker in the Ghanaian society, should be a source of concern to Catholics and Marshallans.
The GH¢1.2 million oratory has a seating capacity of 750 and was dedicated by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, the Most Rev Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle.
Sir Knight Paintsil entreated Marshallans never to condone corrupt practices.
“Marshallans occupy very many leadership and sensitive positions at their workplaces and in their communities. We have to let the people we serve and relate to see us as different types of leaders who are disciplined, not corrupt and incorruptible,” he stated.
He also reminded Marshallans of their duty to practicalise the motto of the society, ‘Charity, unity, fraternity and service’ in the church and their communities, stressing, “We have to do more to let the church feel our presence in all aspects.”
On the use of the oratory, Sir Knight Paintsil said it would serve as a place of worship, deeper learning and understanding of the faith and also a rallying point for Marshallans to understand their mission as Catholic knights in serving the church and the community.
Palmer-Buckle
In his sermon, the Most Rev Palmer-Buckle reminded Marshallans of the four principal teachings of the church — understanding the Scriptures, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayers.
He explained that those four teachings were the foundation teachings of the Apostles.
He said reading the Bible would enable Marshallans, and for that matter Christians, to understand the Scriptures, while practising fellowship would enable them to reach out not only to members of the church but also the entire community.
The Most Rev Palmer-Bukcle said the breaking of bread could be found in the celebration of the Eucharist and receiving other sacraments in a worthy manner, stressing that the prayer component of believers made them to achieve greater things.
He urged Marshallans to help make young people more useful to the church by engaging and guiding them in their development.