Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Pope rethinks condom ban
It's a welcome and brave deliberation, and one which may in the future bring far-reaching consequences for the spread of HIV-AIDS, with the Pope calling for an investigation into the Catholic Church's blanket condom ban. Granted, it is currently only being considered for those in marriage where one partner has AIDS, but this is the first signs that this rather short-sighted rule may be up for debate at the Catholic Church's highest level. There are millions of Catholics around the world, and especially for those in 3rd-world countries in Latin America and Africa, the condom ban is an incredibly dangerous principle to hold.

AIDS grants no respect to religion, and any efforts that can be made to reduce the infection of HIV and AIDS have to be incredibly welcome, most especially on our own continent.