The Vatican announced that it will host an AIDS conference to clarify the Pope’s controversial statement on condoms.
Msgr. Jean-Marie Mpendawatu, undersecretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, said the one-day conference will put to rest any questions about the Church’s stand on condoms.
Last year, the Pope told German journalist Peter Seewald that the use of condoms in certain circumstances by an HIV infected person could indicate “the intention of reducing the risk of infection, a first step in a movement toward a different way, a more human way, of living sexuality.”
Although the Pope said he still does not endorse the use of condoms as a moral solution to the spread of Aids, many understood his remark as an endorsement if abstinence was not an option.
Now, what does that have to do with RH Bill debate here?
It means that the Pope and the Vatican recognize that condoms do in fact prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS virus.
So that debunks the claim of the native bishops and their followers that condoms are porous and the HIV/AIDS virus can penetrate it. That’s one leg less for the anti-RH centipede.
If the Church ends up making one of those hair-splitting decisions like “it’s okay to use condoms for HIV/AIDS prevention but not for contraception” then
our native bishops will have to dance on the head of a pin. Again. Just like their predecessors did in the past.
Decades ago, in the US and Europe, the sale and advertisement of condoms for birth control was illegal. However, it was not illegal if condoms were sold and advertised as devices for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.
Of course, the distinction was absurd. It made pregnancy a sexually transmitted disease.
But those were the days religious leaders could still wield tremendous influence over politics, when faith came before reason.
We will see soon enough if the world is big enough to accomodate both the condom and the Church.