March 18, 2013
Pope Francis on Contraception and Combating HIV/AIDS
The election of Pope Francis (a.k.a. Jorge Bergoglio, the former cardinal of Buenos Aires, Argentina) has raised the question of whether the Roman Catholic Church may alter its stance on contraception, especially condoms, to combat HIV/AIDS, ABC News reports. Church doctrine bans the use of contraceptives. Some sources claim the new pontiff may take a more practical view, perhaps allowing condoms to prevent the spread of disease. Other sources disagree. There would be precedent, since his predecessor the former Pope Benedict XVI said in 2010 that condoms might be morally acceptable in some cases to prevent the spread of the virus, but not to prevent pregnancy. Prior to his election as pope, Francis was on the record opposing contraception, abortion and same-sex marriage. Despite his orthodox views on sexuality, Francis visited a hospice in 2001 to kiss and wash the feet of 12 people with AIDS, according to the National Catholic Reporter. Francis is considered as a champion of the poor. He is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas and the Southern Hemisphere, and the first non-European in more than a millennium.
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Dawn Clouthier, Victoria, B.C. Canada, 2013-03-28 22:33:46
Love the new Pope Francis, he is absolutely what we need in society and I'm not catholic! I wish you great success and i will keep you in my prayers! Love, Dawn C.
mafm54, okc, 2013-03-20 13:17:36
It is amazing to me with all the abused and batterd,neglected childrin in the world he constantly mentions the poor,one sure way to poverty and hunger is 4 0r 5kids you can't support,how can people in this high tech society listen to him,gay people adopt kids that some americans wouldn't adopt,thats why they go to Russia,with hiv ,herpes ,hepc on the rise,no condoms,no birth control,and you wonder how logical people have a problem with organized relgion.
David, Los Angeles, 2013-03-20 12:02:11
Although I am not Catholic I would think that now as Pope, taking on a more liberal view is highly unlikely. Wishful thinking lends itself to the groups that want it their way & understandablly but this is a long shot way out of reach.
Chip, , 2013-03-20 10:37:23
It's all about being monogamous relationship. Why I had this? because I'm a victim, because of stupidity, agreed with the suggestion of my boyfriend. I'm not perfect.
Frederick Wright, Coachella Valley, 2013-03-18 15:25:33
Eliza Jane, I am confused what you sorry about? I have moments to deal with a lot of folks that have a negative out look on the Body of Christ in my Faith or a anti spirit of kindness to a person who wants only the best for their Children and have meet a lot of Roman Catholic with a spirit of Joy and Faith works, for many have been blessed to be educated selfishly by these systems to be able to read and write. Yes educate; what is the point about Christians Jane,is it about the Pope's humanness
elizajane, boston, 2013-03-18 13:04:42
I'm sorry, but isn't that what the Pope is supposed to do anyway? Work with the poor and sick? And just because he kissed the foot of a person living with HIV, doesn't mean he will change the outdated views the catholic church has about other issues...funny how these priests will use a cell phone, ride in cars, and use electricity, but won't come into the 21st Century on issues related to women, pedophilia, sexuality or condom use.
Frederick Wright, Coachella Valley, 2013-03-18 11:36:17
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I pray for Godly direction for the new Bishop of Roman and I pray for the Presiding Bishop of the American Episcopal Church, and the Archbishop of Canterbury may God's Speed be with them to Glorify God for Peace, Justice and Holy Life of Love and Happiness. Francis One this Christian HIV Gay man Loves you and wants only the best for your new Faith Works as a Peace Maker for the Roman Church and all Believers. I would be delight to wash your feet , and to give you a Holy Kiss for again,I love you
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