05/08/2005: Condoms...The Best Hope...
The Pope and AIDS by Nicholas D. Kristof (NY Times) is a stunner of a piece about why the Catholic Church should change its policy on condoms…and PRONTO to address the ever increasing threat of AIDS and AIDS related deaths around the world.
"....So when historians look back at the Catholic Church in this era, they'll give it credit for having fought Communism and helped millions of the poor around the world. But they'll also count its anti-condom campaign as among its most tragic mistakes in the first two millennia of its history.
The Catholic Church helps increase AIDS in the world," said Roseli Tardelli, a Catholic who is editor of the AIDS News Agency in Brazil. She added: "That's wrong. God doesn't like it."
…..(T)here is growing pressure within the church to reconsider its position on condoms.
"If I were pope, I would start a condom factory right in the Vatican," one Brazilian priest told me. "What's the point of sending food and medicine when we let people get infected with AIDS and die?"
In his office, that priest keeps a small framed condom behind glass, with a sign: "In case of emergency, break the glass….."
Karen on 05.08.05 @ 06:28 AM CST