The Roman Catholic Church has been asked to do more to help Ghanaians appreciate the significance of the Valentine Day celebration.
Mr Opoku-Agyeman Prempeh, President of the Centre for Moral Education (CEMED), an NGO focused on good character training of the youth, said the Church has a duty to tell people about the values of charity and love for humanity which that Saint Valentine stood for.
Saint Valentine dedicated his life to these values and for which he has been immortalised.
He added that the Church’s teachings about Valentine’s Day would enable people to have a better understanding of the day’s celebration and take out the obscenities, fast becoming associated with it in recent times.
Making the call through the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi, he said he found it deeply upsetting that such an important day was increasingly being reduced to unbridled casual sex and other immoral acts, especially by the young people.
St. Valentine, is reputed to have been an extremely generous person, who made donations to the poor, the vulnerable and the less privileged in society.
Mr Opoku-Agyeman said people should be assisted to draw inspiration from the good work he did — the love and compassion for the needy.
That should be the purpose of the celebration. It should not be about excitement for sex.
He faulted the media, particularly, the radio stations for all the wrong things being done in the name of Valentine Day celebration and said it was the time the Catholic Church took the centre stage to give protection to the youth.
He advised the young people to avoid doing anything that would come to haunt them after the February 14 celebration.