Kissling's latest brainstorm
Frances Kissling, of the laughably named group "Catholics" for a Free Choice, has put on the full-court press once again. Capitalizing on the international AIDS conference being held in Toronto this week, she is promoting a cause called Condoms for Life.
Like most Kissling initiatives, Condoms for Life is an attack on the Catholic Church. Also typical of her work, it is a campaign that involves very few people and very little activity, but a huge public-relations offensive. She has succeeded, for instance, in arranging an interview with Voice of America.
She says the Pope’s guidelines and the Catholic Church influence many people through healthcare and should promote sexual practices that would reduce the spread of disease and human suffering.
What a good idea! The Church should promote abstinence and marital fidelity, which are undoubtedly the best ways to prevent the spread of AIDS! Gosh golly; why hasn't the Vatican thought of that!?
But wait. There are no large corporations manufacturing abstinence-related products, and making large contributions to Kissling's organization. Oh. Never mind.
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Posted by: Laity1 -
Aug. 21, 2006 4:10 PM ET USA
so Kissling is telling the Pope what he should do... pehaps she hasn't noticed the Pope telling us what we should do: reduce the spread of immorality and human sufferring
Posted by: Art Kelly -
Aug. 20, 2006 1:02 AM ET USA
I don't believe that Frances Kissling actually goes to church or anything. She is, at best, an inactive Catholic. Really, "former Catholic" would be more accurate.
Posted by: principle not pragmatism -
Aug. 19, 2006 11:05 AM ET USA
Who is her Bishop? I write him.
Posted by: www.inquisition.ca -
Aug. 18, 2006 9:57 PM ET USA
Amen to "poor soul": why complain about Kissling? She's just misguided. But her Bishop is responsible before God for keeping the purity of the Faith.
Posted by: Pseudodionysius -
Aug. 18, 2006 4:30 PM ET USA
Condoms for Life? What a romantic idea. Picture the ceremony: "And Bill, do you take Samantha, and her Costco air cargo drop of Ramses Latex Ribbed condoms, to be your lawfully wedded wife, till death or a latex tear separates you?" "Subject to the terms and conditions of our prenuptial agreement and with consent of my attorney, my best man, I, with some reservations and exclusionary clauses in 14 US states, do."
Posted by: Heathcliff -
Aug. 18, 2006 1:20 PM ET USA
Kissling's calling her organization Catholics for a Free Choice sounds as rational as one that might call itself Americans for Terrorism.
Posted by: patriot6908 -
Aug. 18, 2006 1:00 PM ET USA
Not only are there no corporations promoting morality, but precious few philanthropic foundations either. Many of the larger ones (Ford, McArthur, etc.) pour their bounties into the oft-leaky condom promoting markets along with Frances herself, that only seem to generate more AIDS and STD victims so that they can all have great annual meetings to condemn the one true source of the eradication of these diseases--the Catholic Church.
Posted by: poor soul -
Aug. 18, 2006 12:19 PM ET USA
Let's start a new company - Chastity Belts Inc. Back on subject, has her local Bishop ever reprimanded her and her organizational efforts? And don't give me that auto-excommunicate deal, let's see the real thing. That way she can no longer legitimately call herself a "Catholic" even though it doesn't look like she's interested in legitimacy anyway.