Cardinal Pell has written an article for the Herald Sun regarding the spread of AIDS in Africa, and the Catholic Churches teaching on the subject. His first point is thus:
"To blame Catholic teaching for the spread of HIV/AIDS requires proof that those following the first essential Christian requirement of living chastely within and before marriage are still dying of AIDS. Pigs will fly before that argument does. "
Um, really? Because there are dozens upon dozens of documented cases out there of women who are infected by their husband. Primarily because the husbands play away with prostitutes and sex education - partciularly safe sex - has been hampered by the very types who either agree with Cardinal Pell or pander to those who do.
His second point:
"Infected people who are prepared to put the health of their partners at risk are unlikely to give a moment's consideration to Catholic teaching on condoms."
I'm sorry, but is anyone else seeing the contradiction here? Those infected people likely wouldn't be infected if they disregarded the Catholic Churches teaching on Comdoms in the first place. If the sex-workers spreading the disease were properly educated, we wouldn't have an issue either.
Cardinal Pell, a word in your shell-hole. The spread of HIV and AIDS in developed countries has largely been arrested through the use of Condoms and education on Safe-sex. Not the increase in chastity, which is on the slide, or by people waiting until their wedding night. I don't have any problem with the Catholic Church advocating for either of those things, as long as they make it clear, like Proffessor Green, whom Cardinal Pell quotes, that these measures are best backed up by sex-education and condom use.
Until the Catholic Church does so, I'll have a hard time believing they are doing anything other than pushing their own agenda.
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