I always wondered what the solution to the AIDS crisis was and now Michael
J. Kelly, S.J. of the Catholic Jesuit AIDS
Network has provided the answer.
- to ensure that by 2015 every child can access and complete free and compulsory
basic education of good quality, and
- the elimination by 2005 of gender disparities in primary and secondary
If only we had a vaccine for gender disparities we could end AIDS tomorrow.
I hadn’t previously pondered if a priest (even a Jesuit) could write thousands
of words on preventing AIDS and not mention morality, but I now see that it
There also was not one biblical verse mentioned but the secular gospels from
the UN were heavily quoted.
…Educators should be equally forceful in affirming the value and wonder
of a relationship, something that is so valuable that it needs safeguards,
these be of no sex, deferred sex, or protected sex.
Yes that foundation of Catholic thought, protected sex; NOT.
..Other HIV risk-reducing factors, such as delayed sexual debut, reducing
the frequency of partner exchange, avoidance of casual sex or the management
such encounters to protect against HIV transmission.
Another basic Catholic principle management of casual sex encounters, I guess
that means putting them on your day planner. The new gospel by his account
"Thou show not commit fornication – frequently".
..There is a growing consensus among Catholic moral theologians that the Church’s
teaching finds room for this life-saving, "prophylactic" use of condoms.
In this situation, the condom is used to protect against lethal infection.
It is not being used to prevent conception. The protection of life takes priority
and justifies the use of a condom.
Yes a growing consensus among dissident theologians.
I wrote to the Catholic Site that recommend this site in their email newsletter
as a "FEATURED CATHOLIC WEBSITE." The reply I received back was:
I understand there is great anguish there about the need to blindly follow
Church teaching in the face of acute pain and suffering. The SABC has turned
a blind eye to the use of condoms, and Rome has not reacted to this. I have
not been there, but I would guess that you would need to see for yourself to
understand that in this rare situation, the preservation of human dignity,
and indeed life, demands such measures.
Also be aware that we do not make an assurance that everything contained in
sites we review is in accordance with Church teaching. But thank you for alerting
us to the concern.
"blindly follow Church teaching in the face of acute pain
and suffering" This was not the reply I expected back. More situational ethics
where the circumstances change morality. I guess I just never got around to
reading the fine print under the Ten Commandments. This sound hauntingly familiar
to the arguments used by people to allow divorce and remarriage, that there
is just too much pain and suffering caused by not allowing it. I never signed
up for this newsletter but seemed to have been volunteered for it, but now
I have unsubscribed.
Why doesn’t anyone study history? Back in the days when no respectable person would dream of using contraceptives, back when Margaret Sanger first starting preaching eugenics, there were laws on the books of most states that forbade trafficking in contraceptive devices – kind of like the laws we have now that forbid trafficking in marijuana and cocaine. The only exception to these laws was for “the prevention of disease”. That little escape hatch bloomed into (eventually) the MA case that first established the idea of a “right to privacy” and then into Roe vs Wade.
The best protection against AIDS and other sexually transmitted / blood born infections is to totally avoid exposure. This means not having sex, sharing needles, and such like. What the sexual revolution has really done is eliminate a woman’s right to say NO to sex, and also it has encouraged promiscuity, marital infidelity, and physiologically unhealthy sexual practices.
I don’t really think condoms or other barriers can be relied upon. And I am really angry that there is no real movement that reinforces traditional sexual morality.
alicia, your right on every point you made. The sexual revolution is the revolution that keeps on killing and destroying with no end in sight. When are we going to have a cease fire?
I like the reply they sent you, thanking you for alerting them to your concern. This is also known as a diss.
So, I guess these “Catholics” would rather blindly follow the secular worldview than “blindly follow Church teaching.”
For anyone interested in following up on the legal history of Roe v. Wade and how we got where we are today (as noted by Alicia above), follow this link to a Shorthand History of Roe v. Wade.
I’ve also had one heckuva time with liberal posters on my board trying to excoriate me for saying abstinence is 100% effective as a means of birth control. How can you argue with that statement? If you abstain, no pregancy will occur. Simple. Apparently the concept is so foreign to some that they cannot comprehend the meaning.
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