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Vatican's no-condom policy failing in AIDS battle

By Mike Tidmus

Papa Ratzi and crew are realizing, way late in the game, that the abstinence-only response to the spread of HIV/AIDS is an abject failure. A document is being prepared that may allow those “with grave diseases” to use condoms. I want to see how they square this with the fact that the church will appear to be saying that the spread of some STDs is AOK under this reversal of church doctrine. (AP):

“Soon the Vatican will issue a document about the use of condoms by persons who have grave diseases, starting with AIDS,” Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, who is in charge of the Vatican’s health care ministry, was quoted as saying in Sunday’s La Repubblica newspaper.

“My department is carefully studying it, along with scientists and theologians entrusted with drawing up a document about the subject that will soon be made known,” the Mexican cardinal said.

“It is Benedict XVI who asked us for a study on this particular aspect of using a condom by those afflicted with AIDS and by those with infectious diseases,” he said.

There was no official comment Monday from the Vatican. Lozano Barragan was unavailable for comment despite repeated attempts by The Associated Press to reach him.

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