From Day One of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the Catholic Church has been delivering health care, charity and understanding, says Rev. THOMAS ROSICA
For the next week, we will be bombarded with news about HIV/AIDS as thousands of scientists, researchers, specialists, health-care workers and activists gather in Toronto for the XVI International AIDS Conference, which has as its theme: “Time To Deliver.”
As head of a Catholic Media Foundation, and the Salt and Light Catholic Television Network in Canada, I often hear: What does the Roman Catholic Church say about AIDS? (The question usually means, “What is the hierarchy saying?”)
There are also underlying questions: Why is the church allowing AIDS to spread by rejecting the use of condoms? Is HIV/AIDS a form of divine punishment? How should I respond to my child, relative, neighbour, colleague who is HIV positive? Besides suffering from HIV/AIDS, why do so many people suffer prejudice and rejection, even from other Catholics? What is the Church doing about this worldwide pandemic?
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