Saturday, March 28, 2009

Facebook group attacks the Vatican with condom campaign


A campaign on Facebook has recruited tens of thousands of supporters to bombard the Vatican with condoms to protest against the Pope's controversial remarks about the spread of HIV.

Facebook group attacks the Vatican with condom campaign
Benedict XVI was deluged with criticism after stating that condoms "aggravate" the spread of AIDS Photo: AFP/GETTY

Organisers have claimed that 60,000 have pledged to send prophylactics to the Pontiff as a result of the call on the social networking site. The Italians behind the initiative hope they will be joined by Facebook groups around the world, including from Britain and the United States: "The campaign is spreading across Europe, with thousands of supporters in France, England, Germany, Austria and Bulgaria."

Benedict XVI was deluged with criticism after stating that condoms "aggravate" the spread of the disease. The Lancet, Britain's leading medical journal, used an editorial to accuse Benedict of having distorted scientific evidence in order to promote the teachings of the Catholic Church.

The Vatican maintains that the use of condoms promotes promiscuity and that fidelity to one partner or total abstinence from sex are the best ways of combating the disease.

The Pope made the remarks last week to journalists on board his official plane as he flew to Cameroon on the first leg of a week-long Africa trip – the first of his papacy – which also took him to Angola.

Senior Catholics rallied to the Pope's defence this week, with the head of the Italian Bishops Conference, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, saying the depth of opprobrium directed towards the pontiff had "been prolonged beyond good reason."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been informed by Bishop Sheridan, that condom use is permitted by the Catholic Church in cases of rape. He also indicated that there is a form of contraception that can be administered to women after a rape has occurred. This is particularly important in African communities where rape is widely used as a weapon of war. Furthermore, married men often force themselves on their wives. Without the wife's consent he is raping her.

These are Bishop Sheridan's comments on the matter:

If a woman has been raped, and there is moral certainlty that noconception has taken place, the doctor may begin a drip of a certainhormone that essentially shuts down the reproductive system to ensurethat conception will not take place. In my opinion this is the only morally acceptable means of preventing conception. Because the meaningand integrity of sexual intercourse does not exist in the case of rape,a condom could be requested. This is the same principle employed insaying that contraception can be used after a rape, provided noconception has taken place. I believe this is determined by sonogram,which indicates whether or not ovulation has occured. If ovulation has occurred, nothing can be done.

March 28, 2009 7:57 AM  
Blogger Chris Dickson said...

This is an example as to why I usually make it a practice not to publish anything that is sent to me "anonymously."

Before we put words into Bishop Sheridan's mouth, let's first turn to one of his quotes:

Asked what he would do if pushed on the issue by the state, Bishop Sheridan indicated that he would likely rather have the Church pull out of hospitals than compromise the faith. "If I personally were being pushed on this and had to make the decision by myself, I'd have to question whether or not we could continue that particular ministry if the state were going to force us to act contrary to Catholic teaching, to the Catholic conscience," he told

Bishop Sheridan concluded, "How could you continue to call yourself Catholic if you were doing things that were contrary to Catholic teaching even if you were being forced by the state to do them?", October 10, 2007.

After my quoting Bishop Sheridan directly, you can see that "Anonymous" would do better by not putting words into the Bishops mouth (and this is obviously why they have chosen to remain Anonymous).

March 28, 2009 10:17 AM  

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