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Church leaders rap South African president for bad example in AIDS fight

Catholic World News - February 12, 2010

The Catholic bishops of South Africa have released a statement sharply criticizing the country's President Jacob Zuma for his extra-marital affairs. The bishops said that Zuma's adulterous relationships have set a destructive example in a country suffering from an epidemic of AIDS; they argued that the nation's leader should set the proper moral tone to reinforce messages calling for sexual abstinence outside marriage and fidelity within marriage.

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  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Feb. 13, 2010 4:04 AM ET USA

    Gosh, wouldn't it be nice if the US bishops could make such unified statements when our politicians misbehave? Where was the call to fidelity when President Clinton misbehaved with Monica Lewinski? Our youth might have less ambiguous beliefs about their Faith and the Church's role in their lives if the bishops stopped coddling our politicians, be they Catholic or not. We must not have even the appearance of a double standard for public figures.

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