Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Pope, Condoms, Thailand, and the Philippines

On the one hand, we read that "Thai Catholics have greeted the pope’s comments on condoms as a sign that the Church is stepping into the modern debate to fight against HIV/AIDS" — Thai Catholics welcome pope’s condom view.

On the other hand, we read a report that Filipino "bishops have condemned the Filipino government’s 'opportunistic misuse' of the Pope’s comments on condoms to promote the highly-controversial bill heavily backed by local and international population control forces" — Confusion over Pope’s comments threatens campaign against Philippines repro health bill.

Then, we remember the Catholic Association of Doctors, Nurses and Health Professionals in Asia last year stating, "If we are promoting truthful public information then tell the people that using condoms is dangerous" — Tell truth about the dangers of condoms, Catholic health workers say. The group's secretary said that "about 10 years after the implementation of the World Health Organization's (WHO) '100 percent condom use program' in Thailand," the country "had the highest number of HIV/AIDS cases in Asia with 570,000 sufferers compared to 9,000 in the Philippines."

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3 Comments:

Blogger Jonathan Wolfe said...

The condom confusion is a media creation....

Remind me why they have so many privileges again?

12:51 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

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3:00 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

It is, but then Cardinal Lombardi made those confusing remarks. You're absoltely right about the Fourth Estate.

3:19 AM  

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