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Condom campaigns not a solution to AIDS: Vatican newspaper

Catholic World News - May 25, 2011

Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, a moral theologian says that campaigns to encourage condom use have increased, and not decreased, the risk of HIV infection.

“The numerous campaigns that invite people to use the condom indiscriminately have instead demonstrated the contrary,” said Father Juan Perez-Soba of the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Rome. “By feeding the false belief that there is no danger, they have increased the possibility of infection.”

“To present the condom as a solution to the problem is a grave error; to choose it simply as a habitual practice is to show a lack of responsibility in regard to the other person,” he added.

Father Perez-Soba went on to say that the use of a condom in marriage violated the teaching of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae. In cases in which one spouse is infected, spouses “can agree to adopt the decision to abstain from having sexual relations for reasons of health, as happens with other pathologies.”

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