“People are human beings, and one cannot expect people to be abstinent. I think the Pope justly could and should express the Catholic Church’s position; however, when he discusses it he can also discuss compassion for those that can’t follow the Church’s position, of course not everyone is Catholic in Africa.”
Comment made by Father Mark C. Aita, S.J., assistant director of St. Joseph University’s Institute of Catholic Bioethics in regards to Pope Benedict XVI’s recent comments against using condoms. So I guess only Catholics must follow Divine law by this faulty line of reasoning. You can always tell a dissenter when they use “Church’s position” as if the Church was a think tank that issued position papers and talking points. Funny how compassion has come to mean allowing people to do gravely evil acts. I guess I am just old fashioned since I though compassion meant “suffering with” and that it would lead to wanting people not to gravely harm their souls.
Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit also includes this tidbit:
The director of student health services for St. Joseph University in Philedephia , Laura Hurst, believes that “the school’s location offers enough convenience and opportunity to encourage students to purchase” condoms. “We’re very fortunate that we’re not in a very rural pocket, we’re right here on City Avenue,” she said. “Students can just walk to Rite Aid to get condoms, so they are easily accessible if they need them.” She continued.
“It’s always a fine line between staying within the values of the University, which we completely respect, and offering services to the students. We are fortunate that there are other medical centers in the area, and that there are health care providers other than us.