More Vatican Condemnations genre: Gaylingual & Hip-Gnosis & Little Red Ribbon-Hood & Polispeak

Following up on prior condemnations, the Vatican issued a statement expressing strong opposition to abortion, same-sex marriage, and in-vitro fertilization...calling them threats to the traditional family. Read the full article here. See prior Thought Theater postings on the subject here.

The document was issued by the Pontifical Council for the Family, whose head, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, is a strong opponent of the use of condoms under any circumstances.

However, the document did not mention an ongoing debate within the Vatican on whether the Roman Catholic Church could permit condoms to battle AIDS in a particular circumstance -- when one partner in a marriage has the virus.

While there has been some hopeful mention that the Church would moderate its opposition to the use of condoms in order to combat HIV, the Church remains slow to react to the realities of the AIDS crisis. At the same time, the latest condemnation is one in a long string of statements released that continue to emphasize the rigid position of the Church.

It reaffirmed the famous 1968 encyclical "Humanae Vitae" that stated the Vatican's opposition to contraception. Since then, it said, couples "have been limiting themselves to one, or maximum two children."

"Never before in history has human procreation, and therefore the family, which is its natural place, been so threatened as in today's culture," said the 57-page document.

It also condemned in-vitro fertilization, artificial insemination and the use of embryos.

"The human being has the right to be generated, not produced, to come to life not in virtue of an artificial process but of a human act in the full sense of the term: the union between a man and a woman," the document said.

Lopez Trujillo sparked controversy three years ago when he said condoms don't prevent AIDS and may help spread it because they create a false sense of security. The Vatican insists sexual abstinence is the only sure way to fight AIDS.

The document made a broad attack on what it said were threats to the "the natural institution of marriage."

Daniel DiRito | June 6, 2006 | 8:51 AM
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