Catholic social teaching expert Stratford Caldecott says the new report on AIDS from the CTS, helps banish the ignorance through which anti-Catholicism in this much discussed but often inadequately understood area of sexual ethics, thrives.
“Anti-Catholicism is still a potent force, which flourishes in a secular society, and feeds on ignorance.
One of the accusations most often thrown at Catholics is that the Church, or the Pope, has been responsible for the deaths of thousands if not millions by blocking the promotion of condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS. Often Catholics do not know the facts of the situation, or how to respond to such accusations. This booklet, written by a world expert on the problem, contains the essential facts and will be invaluable in the war against both ignorance and the AIDS virus itself.
“Matt Hanley demonstrates not only that the use of condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS has been ineffective, but that the only effective method is precisely the one adopted by the Catholic Church, namely ‘partner reduction’. The Church is the largest single provider of health-care and support for those suffering from AIDS-related illnesses worldwide; besides which her teachings offer the only hope of an integrated and humanistic approach to human sexuality.
“The booklet is a based in empirical data, presented in a way that is easy to read and assimilate, and does not shy away from the difficult technical and moral questions that make this issue so difficult to discuss and deal with. This forthright and intelligent defence of the Church’s policy on AIDS will be welcomed by Catholics and others who are fed up with the half-truths and distortions that dominate much media coverage of this serious problem.”
Stratford Caldecott, Director, Centre for Faith & Culture, Oxford.
The Catholic Church and the global AIDS crisis is available from CTS priced £2.50
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