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Monday, April 10, 2006

Three Cheers For This Bishop

I am no great fan of organised religion which would be quite obvious to those who read my blog, but I will give credit where it is due. A Catholic bishop working in Papua New Guinea trying to combat the pread of HIV is questioning the Catholic Church's position on the use of condoms.

The Catholic church has repeatedly declined to endorse the use of condoms to fight Aids. Bishop Gilles Cote, a French Canadian, said he was in favour of governments providing condoms to communities where extramarital sex and multiple partners were common.

It is time the Catholic Church used its missionary zeal and its wealth to save and improve the lives of poor people in other countries instead of trying to impose a "western sexual code of morality." By denying condoms to these people, they are in my opinion, negligent in their duty. They have a duty of care which should include as their first duty ~~ TO DO NO HARM.

By denying the use of condoms to inhibit the transfer of HIV, they are in effect resigning these people to a death sentence and any other person they sleep with to the same fate. It is a death sentence which could be avoided if they had allowed them the use of condoms in the first place. The Catholic Church needs to wake up.

This is a health issue, not a religious one.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, that's excellent news!! I'm glad to see that someone is using their brains. You're right, this is a health issue. Religion has nothing to do with it.

10/4/06 12:50 pm  
Blogger Dikkii said...

The Catholic Church's stand is mindblowingly irresponsible, but that's nothing.

If Cardinal Trujillo seriously believes this, we have a brainwashing problem which the police should immediately step in and stop.

If he doesn't believe his own words, then we have what I would have thought is a pretty serious breach of the ninth commandment (and possibly the third as well).


10/4/06 9:43 pm  
Blogger The Jolly Nihilist said...

The whole condom stance is embarrassingly, pathetically absurd. I can't even put into words how ludicrous it is that some people think contraceptives should be banned in some way. This is a perfect, classic example of the pernicious, dangerous, frightening influence of religion. One would think the average human being would be smart enough to abandon the Church after hearing its infantile condom position. But perhaps I'm overestimating my fellow Homo Sapiens Sapiens (present company, of course, excluded).

11/4/06 10:41 am  

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