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 Contents - Sep 2006AD2000 September 2006 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: 2006 Fighting Fund launched - Peter Westmore
Conscience: AD2000 interviews Cardinal Pell - Cardinal George Pell
USA: Liberal Christianity goes into meltdown - Charlotte Allen
News: The Church Around the World
Chavagnes: Catholic education in a secular culture - Alexander Morrison
History: The Counter Reformation and the Jesuits - John Morrissey
Family in Society: Asian and Australian families face similar challenges - Leslie Sammut
Clergy: ACCC Annual Conference focuses on theology of Benedict XVI - AD2000 Report
Letters: Thomas Groome (letter) - C. Hungerford-Morgan
Letters: Baptism - Mark Moriarty
Letters: Correction to last month's reflection on Baptism - John Young
Letters: Communism - Frank Bellet
Letters: African pen-friend - Fr Vincent Kajoba
Letters: Safe Sex? - Arnold Jago
Letters: Judicial activism - Henk Verheven
Letters: Stolen faith - Marie Adamo
Letters: Helping the Carmelites - Beth Burns
Letters: Thank-you note - A. van Tilburg
Poetry: The Touch of the Master's Hand - Myra Welch
Books: William Bernard Ullathorne: A Different Kind of Monk, by Judith Champ - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Advancing the Culture of Death, by Peter Hung Manh Tran - Peter Westmore (reviewer)
Books: Why Must I Suffer? by Fr F.J. Remler CM - Jacinta Cummins (reviewer)
Books: Stimulating reading from Freedom Publishing
Reflection: Cardinal Arinze on the need for Eucharistic reverence - Cardinal Francis Arinze

We have all heard the publicity about how condoms provide "safe sex". I hope you didn't believe it.

Australia's most common Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) is Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This is the biggest factor in cancer of the cervix, a potentially fatal disease. Condoms give no protection from HPV.

Almost as common is chlamydia, a major cause of sterility. Condoms offer no protection against chlamydia.

Genital herpes is painful and incurable. It risks fatal infections to babies born of infected mothers. Condoms offer no effective protection against herpes.

Condoms offer no protection against gonorrhoea for females - and only partial protection for males.

The sources of the above information are the US Department of Health, "Scientific Evidence on Condom Effectiveness for STD Protection" and the ABC website, www. abc. net. au/health/library.

There is a lot to be said for delaying sex until you marry; then marrying somebody who has done the same; then being faithful to that person for life.

Then you won't catch anything.

ARNOLD JAGO (DR)
Mildura, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 19 No 8 (September 2006), p. 14

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