14 April 2014

Liberia: Archbishop Warns - Against Same Sex Marriage

For the first time since succeeding the late Archbishop Michael K. Francis as head of the Archdiocese of Monrovia, Catholic Archbishop Lewis J. Zeigler has penetratingly spoken against ills that have the potential to reduce Liberia to the rubbles once again.

Among several wayward activities he says could dampen the country's progress and undermine the fabric of the society are same sex marriage, badmouthing of the presidency and national leaders, greed, corruption and many more.

Archbishop Zeigler who served as keynote speaker at last Friday's National Fast and Prayer Day hosted by the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) expressed strong opposition to same sex marriage and warned Liberians against getting involved in such practice if the country is to avoid the calamities that have confronted it in the recent past.

Besides warning against gay practices, he also spoke against Liberians taking to the airwaves and using invectives and profanities against their leaders, especially the presidency.

"The practice by some Liberians to insult their leaders on local radios, show lack of respect for one another, rampant corruption at all levels of society as well as having hatred for each other, are some of the causes of the problems the country and its people encountered over the years," he observed.

As one of Liberia' most revered clergies, the Catholic Bishop reminded Liberians of God's opposition to practices that contravene His ordinances.

"God wants Liberians to stop the greed, self-centeredness, selfishness, hatred and corruption," Archbishop said, and added, "This has eaten the fabric of our society for too long and as should be stopped."

"The conscience of the nation seems to be dead due to the lack of love on the part of those in authority who want everything for themselves. God wants you to let go of your greed and selfishness so that the country's conscience can be reawakened."

He called on Liberians not to go back to business as usual after the one week fast and prayer because doing so will mean that their entire effort was for nothing, adding, "Fasting is the medicine that cures every sickness, including the deadly disease Ebola".

"God is requesting Liberians to fast not only during the National Fast and Prayer period but for the rest of our lives because it is through constant fasting and praying that the country has reached where it is today," he said.

"Liberians should always examine their lives by reflecting and taking a closer look at why there are breakdowns in the society."

"This will help us understand as to why we've come under so many different attacks."

National Fast and Prayer was passed into law by an Act of the Legislature in 1883, declaring the second Friday in April each year as a national holiday.

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