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Pope Francis describes sexual pleasure as “a gift from God”

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Conservative Catholics have criticised his new head of doctrine. Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández, who was named in July, has faced criticism for his book Mystical Passion: Spirituality and Sensuality, which he penned and published in the late 1990s. The now-out-of-print book explored human sexuality and included thorough accounts of male and female climax experiences. Cardinal Fernández told Catholic online site Crux that he authored the book when he was young and would "certainly not" publish it now. Conservative observers have referred to the book as "perverse," with one claiming it demonstrated Cardinal Fernández's "unfitness" to be prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Pope Francis has stated that sexual pleasure is “a gift from God” and should be “disciplined with patience.”

He also advised against pornography, saying it provided “satisfaction without relationship” and may lead to addiction.

His Vatican lecture was part of a series of sermons on vices and virtues, and it concentrated on what the Pope referred to as “the demon of lust.”

Conservative Catholics have criticised his new head of doctrine.

Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández, who was named in July, has faced criticism for his book Mystical Passion: Spirituality and Sensuality, which he penned and published in the late 1990s.

The now-out-of-print book explored human sexuality and included thorough accounts of male and female climax experiences. Cardinal Fernández told Catholic online site Crux that he authored the book when he was young and would “certainly not” publish it now.

Conservative observers have referred to the book as “perverse,” with one claiming it demonstrated Cardinal Fernández’s “unfitness” to be prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The Pope had already addressed the vice of gluttony last week, and there was no indication that his lecture on lust during Wednesday’s public audience was in response to criticism of the cardinal.

He stated that desire “devastates relationships between people” and that “daily news is enough to document this reality”.

“How many relationships that started out in the best way have later become toxic relationships?” that’s what he was asking.

This isn’t the first time Pope Francis or Cardinal Fernández have sparked outrage among conservative Catholics.

Cardinal Fernández proposed a statement in December, which Pope Francis subsequently approved, outlining criteria for priests to bless same-sex couples relationships that were still considered immoral.

Although Cardinal Fernández emphasised that the stance did not recognise same-sex couples’ status in the eyes of the Catholic Church, many conservatives saw the harm done.

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the Church’s head of doctrine under Pope Benedict XVI, strongly condemned the Vatican’s letter. Cardinal Müller stated in a long online statement that a priest blessing a homosexual relationship would be performing a “sacrilegious and blasphemous act”.

“According to the criterion of this type of blessing, one could even bless an abortion clinic or a mafia group,” Cardinal Müller went on to say.

Prelates from throughout the world also issued comments decrying the decision, notably American conservatives who have long opposed the Pope’s intentions to reform the Catholic Church.

Tensions erupted when the Pope expelled prominent critic US Cardinal Raymond Burke from his Vatican flat and terminated his stipend.

Source: BBC

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Minority seeks investigation into GH¢68.5 million reportedly spent on photocopying WASSCE ‘Pasco’

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Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, said in Parliament on Monday, March 4, that the government used the money to photocopy old questions for SHS students to enable them study sufficiently for the WASSCE. Mr. Adutwum informed Parliament that the government acquired the previous questions from Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery at a unit price of GH¢78.00 during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak to assist pupils ahead of the WASSCE.

The Minority in Parliament is pushing for an inquiry into an alleged GH¢68.5 million spent on photocopying old questions for WASSCE candidates in 2020 and 2021.

The Ministry of Education allegedly spent GH¢33.6 million in 2020 and over GH¢34 million in 2021 for this reason, both through single-source procurement.

Speaking to the media, Ashaiman Member of Parliament Ernest Norgbey urged the Special Prosecutor to thoroughly investigate what the caucus believes is a potentially corrupt practice.

“We cannot countenance this, and this is fraud. If this is not corruption, what else will be corruption? A photocopy costs GH¢78 per paper, and GH¢59.10 per paper, totalling GH¢68.5 million, what are we doing? And so, we in the Minority are taking strong exception to this, and we are saying that the Special Prosecutor must look into this matt
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, said in Parliament on Monday, March 4, that the government used the money to photocopy old questions for SHS students to enable them to study sufficiently for the WASSCE.

Mr Adutwum informed Parliament that the government acquired the previous questions from Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery at a unit price of GH¢78.00 during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak to assist pupils ahead of the WASSCE.


“To help prepare the final year Senior High School students for the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), the Ministry has procured 446,954 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) questions from Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery at a unit price of GH¢78.00. The procurement will be funded from the Free Senior High School Account

“Mr. Speaker, in 2020, Government through its efforts to help students amidst COVID-19 to prepare for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination procured 568,755 past questions for students to try their hands on before sitting for the actual exams.”

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Political scientist tells Akufo-Addo: Be tough and consent to anti-gay bill

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Prof. Seidu emphasised that as president, Akufo-Addo's first role should be to defend Ghana's national interests and cultures. He emphasised the necessity for the president to consider Ghanaians' aspirations, even if they differ from those of the international community. "LGBTQ activists in America and Europe are extremely powerful and are putting pressure on their governments to impose these attitudes and habits on other nations, therefore I believe that the president [Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo] puts Ghanaians' interests before any other country.

Professor Alidu Seidu, Head of the Political Science Department at the University of Ghana, has encouraged President Akufo-Addo to resist international pressure and sign the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill.

Parliament enacted the measure on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, making LGBT activities illegal, including promotion, advocacy, and funding.

In an interview with Citi News, Prof. Seidu emphasised the significance of President Akufo-Addo prioritising national interests while upholding Ghana’s cultural norms, which typically prohibit same-sex unions.

He emphasised the power of LGBTQ lobbyists in America and Europe, highlighting the tremendous pressure they exerted on their governments to impose similar attitudes and practices on other countries.

Prof. Seidu emphasised that as president, Akufo-Addo’s first role should be to defend Ghana’s national interests and cultures.

He emphasised the necessity for the president to consider Ghanaians’ aspirations, even if they differ from those of the international community.

“LGBTQ activists in America and Europe are extremely powerful and are putting pressure on their governments to impose these attitudes and habits on other nations, therefore I believe that the president [Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo] puts Ghanaians’ interests before any other country.

“It is his utmost responsibility to protect our national interests and culture as president. And so if the people of Ghana are saying this is what they want but the international community is saying that it is not what it wants, he has to weigh the options.”

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Power crisis: We had a maintenance hiccup – ECG boss

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"We are experiencing major maintenance issues; the current issue has nothing to do with fuel." You rely on a power plant to generate around 360 megawatts, and at 4 p.m., the gas emergency safety valve malfunctions. What are you doing? It's a machine. "The machine failed us and we kept on saying that it's a machine issue that we were trying to fix," he said. Recognising the impact of the mechanical breakdown on the power supply, he apologised for the lack of timely contact with the public. "I must apologise to Ghanaians, when it started we should actually have the confidence to have a chat with everybody and put out a statement."

Samuel Dubik Mahama, Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), has ascribed frequent power disruptions in Accra and other locations to maintenance concerns rather than fuel-related problems.

Numerous neighbourhoods have been experiencing inconsistent power supply for several weeks without prior notification from ECG.

Speaking on Starr FM on Thursday, February 29, 2024, Mr Mahama informed listeners that ECG is working hard to rectify the issues and restore electricity to the impacted areas.

According to him, the current challenges are mostly related to severe maintenance concerns, not fuel shortages.

“We are experiencing major maintenance issues; the current issue has nothing to do with fuel.” You rely on a power plant to generate around 360 megawatts, and at 4 p.m., the gas emergency safety valve malfunctions. What are you doing? It’s a machine.

“The machine failed us and we kept on saying that it’s a machine issue that we were trying to fix,” he said.

Recognising the impact of the mechanical breakdown on the power supply, he apologised for the lack of timely contact with the public.

“I must apologise to Ghanaians, when it started we should actually have the confidence to have a chat with everybody and put out a statement.”

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