Catholicism is directly responsible for hundreds of thousands (millions?) of deaths due to the spread of AIDS in Africa by discouraging condom use. [LudditeJourno on the Hand Mirror]
That seems to me a particularly silly thing to say. Aside from the fact that the DIRECT causes are something far more obvious, I fail to understand how the Church advocating not using condoms would make ANY difference to non-Catholics.
Q1. Does anyone seriously think non-Catholics will "obey" this suggestion?
And for Catholics, this suggestion is part of a larger list. It is taken out of that list, breaking the context, by the media. The full message is:
1. No sex before marriage.
2. No condoms (be open to life)
3. No adultery
Q2. Do you think Catholics are going to follow the second directive whilst they are actively ignoring the first and third?
The whole contraception thing comes off as an overly simplistic way of playing the blame game.
I'm interested in any blogger's answer to my two questions - because from where I sit, if people are going to listen to the Catholic Message with regard to condoms, then they probably are going to listen to the whole message - which includes fidelity, abstinence and marriage. Blaming the spread of AIDS on the Catholic Church is simply another example of anti-Catholic bias.
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