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General News of Monday, 12 November 2018


Duncan-Williams slams Christians opposed to National Cathedral

Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams is appalled by the opposition from Christians to the building of a National Cathedral.

The head pastor of Action Chapel International also suggested during a sermon that opposition to the building of the National Cathedral was on a partisan basis.

“..You know the people fighting it? Not other religions, but it’s us, Christians. It’s us, Christians fighting it. And some of you are fighting it because it is not your party and your President that is building it so you must oppose it. Some of you love your political parties and are more loyal to your political parties than you are to the bible and the cause of Christ.”

The Akufo-Addo administration envisions the National Cathedral to serve as a national non-denominational Christian worship center for the country.

President Nana Akufo-Addo cut the sod for the construction of the national cathedral on March 6, 2017, as part of events that marked Ghana’s 60th-anniversary celebration.

The government is to provide 14-acres of public land for the project while the Christian community and individuals are to fund the construction.

Reception towards the cathedral from Ghanaians has been mixed. Whilst it has been generally well received by various leaders in the Christian community, the government faced some criticism over its priorities.

President Nana Akufo-Addo is keen on making the cathedral one of his government’s legacies and he has described it as “a priority among priorities.”

Archbishop Duncan-Williams is of the view this is a project that is totally selfless and undoubtedly to the benefit of Ghanaians.

“Never have I seen any president who came into office and said I want to build a National Cathedral to the name of the lord… At least it is one thing he cannot will to his kids or his immediate family. At least it is something somebody is determined to do for the benefit of the name of the Lord and for the benefit of others and humanity.”

Archbishop Duncan-Williams also downplayed concerns over the funding of the cathedral.

“‘Who is funding it? Who is giving to it? Who is financing it? Where is the money coming from?’ As if somebody has asked you for your money. And we’ll oppose it, even when we don’t understand it. We won’t ask the questions, we criticise things, we fight everything,” he stated.