Tuesday 24 January 2017

Papal words bring hope to AIDS fight

Published 29/11/2010 | 05:00

IT may be just a sentence from Pope Benedict's latest book (Fr Vincent Twomey, Letters, November 26) but it may be a reprieve from a sentence of death for AIDS sufferers and their partners, especially in Africa. The previous papal pronouncements on the use of condoms in the AIDS epidemic were of an absolutist nature subject to no exceptions, as evidenced by the Pope's comments on his recent visit to the Cameroons.

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The latest words from Pope Benedict on the use of condoms cannot be dismissed as due to 'bad translation' from one language to another, but represent a realisation that human life -- even one given over to 'sexual abandon' (Fr Twomey) -- is as valuable in the eyes of God as the Pope himself.

Brendan Butler
Malahide, Co Dublin

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