Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Promotion of condom use increases risk of HIV infection, suggests theologian in Vatican newspaper

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Writing in the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, Catholic theologian Father Juan Perez-Soba, of the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Rome, has suggested that the use of condoms does not decrease the long-term risk of HIV infection:
"The numerous campaigns that invite people to use the condom indiscriminately have instead demonstrated the contrary: 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."
In the article, which appeared in yesterday's edition of L'Osservatore Romano, Perez-Soba also says that condom use within marriage can not be considered moral, as it prevents the "sexual act" from being a "fully conjugal act":
"An act is not truly unitive when it intentionally impedes the communication of the sperm and excludes the possibility of its reception in the mutual gift of the bodies of the spouses."
He added that, in cases where a husband or wife is HIV-positive, married couples should not use condoms, but rather practise abstinence:
"Faced with the insuperable possibility of infection, they 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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