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The Pope and AIDS

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 Contents - May 2009AD2000 May 2009 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The Virgin Mary's key role in our redemption - Michael Gilchrist
Dissent: Rebel South Brisbane priest: new cafeteria church launched - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Inter-faith dialogue: Jewish leader defends Pope over Bishop Williamson controversy - AD2000 Report
Pro-family culture: AIDS in Africa: science vindicates Catholic Church - Babette Francis
US Catholics leaving the Church in droves: what can be done? - Fr Joseph A. Sirba
FOUNDATIONS OF FAITH: The Crusades: the truth behind the myths - Frank Mobbs
Conversion: A Catholic convert's story (Part 2): Are there any regrets? - Michael Daniel
Staying together: Stable families: the best defence against violence
Death of a Child: The Pot of Basil - Will Elsin
Poetry: Moments - Bruce Dawe
Letters: The Pope and AIDS - Arnold Jago
Letters: Fundamentals - J. Loring
Letters: Teilhard - Jeremias Wijeyeratne
Letters: Simple faith - Alan Barron
Letters: Doctrinal differences - John Morrissey
Letters: One Shepherd - Peter D. Howard
Letters: Women in the Church - Brian Bibby
Letters: From India - Fr A. Joseph PP
Books: Golden Years: Grounds for Hope: Fr Golden and the Newman Society 1950-1966 - David Kehoe (reviewer)
Books: Hilaire Belloc and G.K. Chesterton, by Karl Schmude - Br Christian Moe (reviewer)
Books: AD2000 Books for May
Reflection: 'What is truth?' (John 18:38) - The tunnel vision of Pontius Pilate - Andrew Kania

The Pope's recent statement that 'condoms won't stop AIDS' was made in Cameroon on 19 March. That would not be a coincidence.

In the 1990s Cameroon had a big condom-promotion campaign, with condom sales boosted from six million per year to 15 million between 1993 and 2000. During those years, the HIV/AIDS infection rate in Cameroon more than doubled.

Condom-promoters sometimes attack Catholic opposition to condoms as 'an obstacle to disease prevention.' However, the facts suggest otherwise. Swaziland, with Africa's highest HIV/AIDS infection rate - over 33 percent - is five percent Catholic. Uganda, with a 5 percent HIV/AIDS rate, is 43 percent Catholic. If all the citizens of any country were to live by Catholic moral teachings the AIDS rate would soon fall to zero.

ARNOLD JAGO (DR)
Mildura, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 22 No 4 (May 2009), p. 15

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