MOST REV. Peter Kwasi Sarpong, Metropolitan Archbishop of Kumasi has condemned the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
He deflated the notion that usage of condom was the best option to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, stressing that the development was rather encouraging people, especially innocent youth, to indulge in premarital sex.
This lamentable development, according to him, was the major cause of the spread of the disease and the reported cases of teenage pregnancies in society.
Most Rev. Sarpong, who was speaking at the 2nd National Delegate's Congress of St. Theresa of the Child Society of the Catholic Church in Kumasi last Saturday, cited abstinence from sex as the best option to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
He urged the people to lead lives worthy of emulation to help bring down the reported cases of HIV/AIDS to the barest minimum.
“If you are married, stick to your partner and if you are not married, do not engage in sex because it is a sin in the sight of God,” he stressed.
The Archbishop charged people in authority to be bold and speak against premarital sex among the youth, adding that it was a dangerous development which could impact negatively on the country in future.
“Pastors, chiefs, politicians and all those in authority should speak against fornication and adultery since it is the prime cause of HIV/AIDS pandemic.”
Most Rev. Sarpong also took a swipe at those engaged in human trafficking, and called for a stop to the practice, noting that the act, bedsides being sin in the sight of God, was also morally wrong.
“How can a human being sell his fellow human being in this 21st century?” he queried.
The programme was under the theme “Creating the Culture of Peace at Home, Workplace and in the World”.
In her remarks, Madam Patricia Appiagyei, Chief Executive, Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), urged parents to train their children in the fear of God so they would grow up to be responsible and law abiding citizens.
She as well advised parents to serve as role models to their children, insisting that parents had vital roles to play in directing the future of their children.
Madam Appiagyei entreated residents in the metropolis to ensure good sanitary conditions, advising them to paint their houses to beautify the city ahead of the Ghana 2008 football tournament.
From Fred J.A. Ibrahim Jnr., Kumasi