BENEDICT XVI ON CONDOMS AND AIDS

By Rev. James McTavish, FMVD, MD   “…..Many blame the Church for its lack of support for condom initiatives. However, a 2001 report from the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Philippines clearly stated that it is highly unlikely that the church’s position constrains condom use among high risk groups. It is difficult to conceive of a sex worker engaged in this activity who refuses to use a condom because of religious proscription…..”   Father James McTavish, FMVD, MD, is a Catholic missionary priest with the Verbum Dei missionaries and is currently in Manila, Philippines. He is involved in…

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Public awareness of HIV-AIDS case needed—bishop

After the celebration of the 2nd National AIDS Sunday last December 3, a Catholic Bishop reiterated that public must know about the Virus infection-Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome

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Manila Archbishop asks priests, lay people to know more about HIV-AIDS

MANILA August 16, 2012 -Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle has called on the priests, religious, seminarians and lay people of the Archdiocese of Manila to know more about HIV-AIDS a disease that is increasing its presence in the Philippines. He has scheduled two separate workshop sessions, one for two full days for priests and religious and another for a full day for seminarians and lay people.                     The first workshop will be held on August 22-23, 2012 at the San Carlos Seminary auditiorium, San Carlos Formation Complex, EDSA, Makati City;…

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A Pastoral Letter on Aids

“Who is my neighbor?” A Pastoral Letter on AIDS “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with your entire mind’; ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” CBCP PastoralLetterAIDS 2011 view pdf file CBCP PastoralLetterAIDS 2011 download pdf file

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On HIV: Philippine Bishops Lead Fight Against Stigma

Taking the lead in eradicating HIV-related stigma in the country, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released the Pastoral Letter on AIDS “Who is my Neighbor?” during its 103rd Plenary Assembly held last July 9-11, 2011, at the Pope Pius XII Center in Manila. In plain and simple words, the bishops urge all the faithful to demonstrate how much they love God by loving those living with and affected by HIV and AIDS : “to love them is to love God.” The Pastoral Letter recognizes that stigma fuels the spread of HIV. It prevents people living with HIV and…

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