18 March 2009
Breaking: Holy See Responds to International Criticism of Pope on Ban of Prophylactics to Combat AIDS
This is wonderful evidence that the Holy Father was serious when he said he would stay on top of internet "news" cycle. Good response by the good guys.
Pray for the Holy Father-- defend him from the wolves!
A quick translation from the Italian by a colleague:
Communique of the Press Office of the Holy See
18 March 2009
With respect to the echoes raised by some words of the Pope concerning the problem of AIDS, the Director of the Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, specifies that the Holy Father reiterated the positions of the Catholic Church, and the essential lines [of action] of his effort in combating the terrible scourge of AIDS:
First: by means of education unto responsibility of persons in the use of sexuality, and with the reaffirmation of the essential role of marriage and the family;
Second: by means of research and the implementation of effective cures for AIDS, and the placing of them within reach of the greatest number of the sick through many initiatives and health care institutions;
Third: by means of human and spiritual assistance to those sick with AIDS, as with all those who suffer, which have always been in the Church's heart.
These are the means with which the Church concentrates her effort, not retaining that to focus essentially on the greatest diffusion of prophylactics is, in reality, the best, the most farsighted, and efficacious way to combat the scourge of AIDS, and protect human life.