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AIDS treatment should be free worldwide: Cardinal Bertone

Catholic World News - June 22, 2012

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone called upon international leaders to provide free treatment for AIDS victims, in a June 22 address the 8th international AIDS conference.

“Let us ensure that AIDS sufferers are given prompt, free, and effective treatment,” the Vatican Secretary of State said at the conference, which was held in Rome. Saying that he spoke for Pope Benedict XVI, he said, “let us not waste time, but invest the necessary resources.”

Cardinal Bertone told the conference that AIDS is a heavy contributor to the high rate of maternal death in Africa. “We can no longer tolerate the death of so many mothers,” he said. “We cannot think of thousands of children as a lost generation.”

The cardinal reminded his audience that 30% of all the world’s treatment centers for AIDS victims are administered by the Catholic Church.

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  • Posted by: Cornelius - Jun. 24, 2012 1:50 PM ET USA

    I can understand a call to eliminate excessive profit in the pricing of medicines, but . . . free? This shows such a misunderstanding of the marketplace and what drives the discovery of new drugs. Reasonable profits to drug-makers is not only laudable (why shouldn't they be rewarded for their ingenuity and risk-taking?), it's necessary.

  • Posted by: Bernadette - Jun. 24, 2012 12:58 PM ET USA

    What about the source of the AIDS epidemic? We know that it begins with homosexual acts and the disease is spread to the women and children and babes in the womb. Very little is ever said or written about that. And, at the same time, the world encourages same-sex "marriage" and equality for same-sex attracted not realizing that this is a sickness, a psychological disorder. Chastity is called for; treatment and help is available. What contradictions!

  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Jun. 23, 2012 11:13 AM ET USA

    How about free treatment for cancer? or heart disease? or emphysema? or .....? What is the moral reasoning here?

  • Posted by: unum - Jun. 22, 2012 10:38 PM ET USA

    There is no limit to the good that can be accomplished by bureaucrats spending Other People's Money.

  • Posted by: kmbold - Jun. 22, 2012 7:56 PM ET USA

    Any idea who will pay for this free stuff?

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