a missed opportunity?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 29, 2007

Enlightened Australia has decided it's more concerned than the Church for the well-being of her youth. From the Sydney Morning Herald:

The Catholic Church says it will not co-operate with any safe-sex campaign to educate 500,000 young pilgrims expected to flock to Sydney for Australia's biggest religious event.

The NSW Department of Health will have to go it alone if it wants to develop and disseminate any messages about safe sex, including information on HIV and sexually transmittable diseases, which it provided for the Sydney Olympics in 2000, the Gay Games and the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. ...

The church's "head in the sand approach" has drawn criticism from the Greens MP Lee Rhiannon, who described its position as dangerous and said it missed an important opportunity to send a message of lifelong safe practices to young participants.

If your child abides by Church teaching on sexuality, he's statistically more likely to be elected President-for-Life of Botswana than incommoded by STDs. Yet the bogus "we are all at risk" campaign is indispensable to the project of rebranding moral recklessness as responsible sexuality. By treating World Youth Day on a par with the Gay Games and the Gay-Lesbian Mardi Gras, and by scolding the Church for negligence, the public health syndicate betrays the rank insincerity of its motives, but also encroaches ever closer onto the Church's independence. It won't have a pretty ending.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 01, 2007 7:31 PM ET USA

    The same Lee Rhiannon tried to have Cardinal Pell brought before a Senate Parliamentary Privileges Committee for attempting to interfere with the independence of Senators when he told them all that the support of human cloning is contrary to Church teaching and that no Catholic politician could support it. In the end, nothing actually happened, but she did try this threat on Cardinal Pell.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 30, 2007 11:29 PM ET USA

    It all makes more sense in the context of "zero population growth" fears pressed upon us by the neurotics in government bodies and media everywhere. Imagine you are paranoid that the world's supposed overpopulation was an immediate problem. Killing children or witholding vaccines will make you look bad. How might you ensure that there is more infertility & sterility & fewer intact families (& thus more government control) of the younger generations, w/o looking bad for sterilizing them?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 30, 2007 2:23 PM ET USA

    condoms make for safe sex?!? I relied on condoms and wound up with a beautiful baby girl. Under different circumstances, it might have been AIDS. Will someone please tell me what is so "safe" about condoms?!?!

  • Posted by: - Jul. 30, 2007 11:39 AM ET USA

    I think this is great! Just picture young, on-fire Catholics from around the world descending on Sydney, the NSW Department of Health workers at their literature tables and free condom bins, won't know what hit them. Who knows how many opportunities there will be for "at-risk", "uneducated" youths to impress and teach real truth to the DoH "adults"?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 30, 2007 9:57 AM ET USA

    Dear NSW Department of Health, We don't want your condoms, your pills, or your safe sex messages. We feel quite healthy without all that. -a Catholic youth

  • Posted by: - Jul. 29, 2007 9:48 PM ET USA

    Yet the bogus "we are all at risk..." Translate, "We are all going to Hell..." Of course, "Enlightened Australia" does not speak that language... The Scripture is fulfilled, "They walk in darkness, they do not know where they are going..."