Christianity is the most dominant nation in the country, with over 60% of the populace professing to be Christians. The Roman Catholic Church, the oldest church, has a huge presence in Ghana. It is under the spiritual leadership of the pope in Rome.
There are approximately 3 million Catholics in Ghana. In Ghana, the Roman Catholic Church is divided into 20 dioceses, made up of 4 archdioceses and 1 Vicariate. And as expected, some celebrities were raised as Catholics. Others may not have been raised as Catholics but are practising Catholicism.
Let’s take a look at them:
He was raised as a Catholic and is still practising. In fact, Dumelo revealed in an interview that his mother wanted him to be a Catholic priest. The actor cum politician also said he was a mass server in his childhood days. Probably, that might have birthed his mother’s wish of seeing him continuing to become a Priest. A priest? Dumelo swerved the “calling” as he got married to Gifty Mawunya in 2019.
Akumaa Mama Zimbi
She is known professionally as Dr. Joyce Dongotey-Padi. She needs no introduction, at least you remember her famous headgear and her stimulating way of saying “Medaase”. She is known to be a very devoted Catholic.
The ace broadcaster and journalist needs no introduction. She is the host of Standpoint, a programme devoted to the discussion of issues affecting women. She is married to Nana Ansah Kwao IV, with whom she has one child. She is a product of the Mfantsiman Girls Secondary School and founder of the Girl in Need Foundation. She’s a practising Catholic.
Jerry John Rawlings
He is the first President of the 4th Republic. He recently celebrated his 73rd birthday. He is well known for his “booming” way of saying things as they are as well as for his Charismatic style of leadership. He is the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Unknown to many is the fact that J.J was a chorister during his time as a student of the Achimota School. In fact, he was part of the Achimota Choir which performed for President Nkrumah at the Flag Staff House on national occasions. He is also known to have graduated as the Best Cadet in Flying and Airmanship in 1969 when he won the highly coveted “Speed Bird Trophy”.
He was born into a catholic home, and he is still practising his faith as a Catholic. His parents are; James Ramsey John and Victoria Agbotui.
He is affectionately known as ‘Gentle Jack’ or ‘Sexy Eyes’. He served as the President of Ghana from 7th January 2001 to 7th January 2009. He also served as the Chairperson of the African Union from 2007-2008. Prior to being President, he served as the Member of Parliament for Atwima Nwabiagya.
J.A Kuffour and his family belong to the Catholic Church. He also doubles up as a senior Grand Warden of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE). The UGLE is the governing Masonic Lodge for the majority of Freemasons in England, Wales and the Commonwealth of Nations. The UGLE is considered as the oldest Masonic Grand Lodge in the world.
As a result of his association with the Freemasonry, it is believed that he has lost his status as a Catholic. This is because, in 2014, Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu said that the position of the Catholic Church on those who join the Freemasons goes with an interdiction as spelt out in the Canon Law. According to the Canon Law (cf. Canon 1332), Catholics who join Masonic societies are;
1- Not allowed to receive Holy Communion and other Sacraments
2- Prohibited to act as sponsor in Baptism and Confirmation
3- Not to be admitted as a member of Parish or Diocesan structures
They are also to be denied funeral rites unless they show signs of repentance before death (Canon 1184 & 1, no. 3).