Sunday 23 July 2017

You cannot blame AIDS epidemic on the Church

A woman with a picture of Pope Benedict XVI on her head smiles during a mass at Amadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde yesterday. The pope ìs visiting Cameroon and Angola during his first trip to Africa
A woman with a picture of Pope Benedict XVI on her head smiles during a mass at Amadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde yesterday. The pope ìs visiting Cameroon and Angola during his first trip to Africa
David Quinn

David Quinn

Defending the Church sometimes resembles trying to scale a particularly steep and treacherous mountain, only without climbing ropes or oxygen canisters. To make matters worse, the Church itself often conspires to send avalanches crashing your way.

Just recently, for example, we had decision by the Pope to lift the excommunication of four anti-Vatican II bishops, including one who effectively denied the Holocaust, although the Pope did not know about that.

Having lifted that excommunication, we then learnt that a Brazilian bishop had declared that the mother of a raped nine-year-old girl had been automatically excommunicated because she had facilitated the aborting of her daughter's twins.

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