it's the church's fault

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 25, 2006

"Elton John mourns 60 friends lost to AIDS," reads a headline in the Irish Examiner. His bereavement seems to have affected his powers of observation adversely:

Elton John has lost 60 friends to AIDS including pop pal Freddie Mercury and two members of his own staff. Speaking at a business awards ceremony in London, the superstar attacked the Catholic Church for condemning the use of condoms and urged businesses to help the fight against AIDS.

He said: "I'm devastated to have watched friends I loved very much die from this terrible disease."

Suppose Elton's 60 friends, and their wives, had followed Catholic teaching, i.e., remaining virgins until marriage and faithfully monogamous thereafter. How many of them would be dead of AIDS today? Zero. Had they chosen to follow it, what is the greatest harm that strict adherence to Catholic sexual teaching could have brought them? An adolescence and early adulthood including sporadic discomfort, maybe eight years of jokes at the expense of their stodginess, and, in the worst case scenario, a brood of obstreperous and tasteless children who turn out to be Elton John fans.

Far from painless, but even by heathen standards better than disease and an early grave.

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  • Posted by: - May. 27, 2006 12:06 AM ET USA

    John's comments are a nonsense. They assume that his 60 friends were indifferent to Catholic teaching to the extent that they practised fornication, likely with a member of the same sex, while at one and the same time, they were sufficiently concerned about Catholic teaching not to wear a condom. Riiiiiiiiiighttttt!!!!!!

  • Posted by: - May. 26, 2006 10:28 PM ET USA

    Is that picture gender neutral?

  • Posted by: - May. 26, 2006 6:33 PM ET USA

    I strongly suspect those 60 friends of his didn't have wives: at least, not as we understand the meaning of the word "wives".

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - May. 26, 2006 6:16 PM ET USA

    I sincerely hope these 60 peoples got a chance to confess their sins before dying and WOULD SOMEONE TELL ELTON JOHN it is not JUST the Catholic Church who considers this act WRONG BUT GOD HIMSELF CONSIDERS THIS AN ABOMINATION and people should think about it BEING AN ABOMINATION BEFORE GOD before doing it!

  • Posted by: - May. 26, 2006 1:36 PM ET USA

    In the picture... which one is Elton John? The lady with the glasses or the lady with the pink sweater? Sorry, couldn't resist.

  • Posted by: - May. 26, 2006 9:49 AM ET USA

    "His 15 minutes of fame expired long ago. " His candle burned out long ago. He's melting.

  • Posted by: Eleazar - May. 26, 2006 7:41 AM ET USA

    Who even cares what Elton John thinks about the Catholic Church? His 15 minutes of fame expired long ago. Just because he is a celebrity, doesn’t mean he has the answers to the great questions facing out world; in fact, the “celebrities” of this world, including the person pictured with John, are more dysfunctional than those of us putting in 40, 50, 60 hrs/week. Elton, Hilary and the rest need our prayers, if not our disdain. They don’t merit our attention.

  • Posted by: JARay - May. 25, 2006 7:39 PM ET USA

    Pseudodionysius asks "How do you 'very much' die"? By missing out a comma! :-D

  • Posted by: - May. 25, 2006 5:48 PM ET USA

    Hey, "Winky", sounds like you live in the Province of Quebec too! :-D

  • Posted by: - May. 25, 2006 4:35 PM ET USA

    Even though Elton is attacking the Church for it not promoting the use of condoms, it's possible he's angry because the Church hasn't really promoted the teachings about sexual morality that you outline. Our Church, as I have experienced it, has indeed been complicit in the sexual revolution and the spread of AIDS because of its sinful negligence. I've been to plenty of AIDS funerals in Catholic Churches. Not once was the sinfulness of sex outside of marriage ever even alluded

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - May. 25, 2006 4:23 PM ET USA

    let's see, recently a UN representative acknowledged that condoms have a 10% failure rate. I wouldn't doubt it's higher, but, given those stats, who in the right mind would recommend there use considering a "failure" in this case is deadly. I guess next, considering the odds, he'll complain the Church is against gambling too!

  • Posted by: - May. 25, 2006 12:56 PM ET USA

    What John wants is for some method to be developed so that AIDS will be stopped and those who would engage in the perverted acts that transmit it could continue to perform those acts. Does he expect the Church to participate in its development?

  • Posted by: - May. 25, 2006 12:55 PM ET USA

    How do you "very much" die?

  • Posted by: - May. 25, 2006 11:20 AM ET USA

    "Suppose Elton's 60 friends, and their wives, had followed Catholic teaching, i.e., remaining virgins until marriage and faithfully monogamous thereafter. How many of them would be dead of AIDS today? Zero." Even if one to allow for homosexual relationships

  • Posted by: - May. 25, 2006 11:17 AM ET USA

    So, Elton's friends didn't use condoms because the Church told them not to?