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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Vatican 'may approve condom use for disease prevention'
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 A new Vatican study may approve the use of condoms in a marriage, where one partner is infected with HIV/AIDS, according to several media reports this week. Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragn, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, confirmed in a recent interview with La Repubblica that his office had been asked by Pope Benedict XVI to prepare a document on the subject. A spokesman in the Cardinal's office was quoted by the National Catholic Reporter yesterday saying that the document would sanction the use of condoms to halt the spread of the disease "inside marriage and the family, not outside of it." He said the document would stress that what has been approved was not contraception, but disease prevention. The official said the document has been cleared by the consultors of the Council for Health Pastoral Care, and was now awaiting a review by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Several leading clergy have publicly spoken in favour of condoms, where one partner in a marriage is HIV-positive. They include Italian Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, the former archbishop of Milan; Swiss Cardinal George Cottier, theologian of the papal household under John Paul II; Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Belgium; Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor of Westminster, England; and Bishop Kevin Dowling of South Africa. Colombian Cardinal Alfonso Lpez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, however, has spoken vigourously in favour of a more rigid stance. In a 2004 interview with the BBC, Cardinal Trujillo, claimed the HIV virus was small enough to "pass through" latex. Lopez also asserted that condoms encourage promiscuity, which he said was one of the root causes of the pandemic.
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