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Les Évêques catholiques sur le SIDA

Press Release - 30 April 2002 (Disponible uniquement en anglais et en allemand) In recent weeks, a lobby group called "Catholics for a Free Choice" has been placing advertisements in the European press and on Brussels billboards, reading: "Catholic people care. Do the bishops? Banning Condoms Kills."

Focusing exclusively on the use of condoms ignores the root problems that lead to the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. The Catholic Church tries to promote a responsible attitude to sex that would prevent them. The Church teaches that sexual intercourse should take place within marriage; that is, within a stable relationship based on mutual respect, with a partner whom one loves and trusts and whose sexual history one knows. This is surely the most effective way to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. The Church also provides a substantial amount of the care to those suffering from HIV/AIDS, as well as the many other communicable diseases that constitute a serious health problem in developing countries. It is disingenuous to suggest that the bishops, who after all are Catholic people too, do not care. It should be noted that "Catholics for a Free Choice", has not actually chosen to present its "Global Campaign to End the Bishops' Ban on Condoms" to Catholic bishops at the EU level. 

COMECE is a commission of the Catholic Bishops' Conferences of the member states of the European Union. The Bishops' Conferences of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland are associate members. Contact: John Coughlan COMECE Press Officer T +32/2/2350515 F +32/2/2303334 M +32/486/583250

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