Tuesday, May 17, 2005

On the Claim that the Church's Opposition to Condoms Causes the Spread of Disease

I'm giving a standing ovation to Oswald Sobrino at Catholic Analysis for putting this so clearly:

"Last night, I heard Dr. Janet E. Smith of Detroit's Sacred Heart Major Seminary speak at a local parish-- a parish, by the way, whose pastor recently moved the tabernacle back to the center of the church. As many of you know, Dr. Smith is probably the leading defender of the Church's teaching against contraception, as contained in Humanae Vitae. In her talk, she also pointed out the causation fallacy at the heart of the slander that the Church is somehow reponsible for AIDS deaths in Africa and other places. She rightly asked, as I have done on this site, whether the fornicators, adulterers, and those engaging in homosexual acts would start using condoms if the Pope suddenly says it is OK to use them. We think not."

That's just one paragraph from his post. You can read it all at the link above.