The AIDS question

Here is an article from ThinkingFaith, the online journal of the British Jesuits, about Pope Benedict’s comments on condoms and AIDS, written by someone who knows what he’s talking about--Michael Czerny, SJ, director of the African Jesuit AIDS Network.  Here’s Father Czerny:

"The Church understands sexual intercourse as part of a moral vision, permitting intercourse only within a married couple and excluding artificial means of contraception. Doing something wrong might be safer with a condom but safety doesn’t make the act right. The Church cannot encourage ‘safer’ without suggesting that it is somehow right. To say, ‘Do not commit adultery but, if you do, use a condom’ is tantamount to saying: ‘The Church has no confidence in you to live the good life.’"

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Czerny provides more light than heat in what has become a heated topic.

James Martin, SJ

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9 years 1 month ago
The insight provided by Czerny only applies when the topic is the use of condoms in general. However, the Church also argues against the effectiveness of condoms in a monogomous marriage when one of the partners has AIDS. Because of this, the issue is not that the Church would be granting implicit permission to commit adultery by approving the use of condoms. The issue is that by claiming condoms are ineffective and not giving explicit permission to married couples with one AIDs infected partner for the use of this method of contraception for other than contraceptive purposes, it is being dishonest and indifferent to the suffering of primarily women and children.

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