Tuesday 5th of December 2023

the dogma cure .....

condemned by dogma .....

"They encourage promiscuity," the cardinal told Sky Television. "The idea that you can solve a great spiritual and health crisis like AIDS with a few mechanical contraptions like condoms is ridiculous."

It's hardly news but in the face of this ridicule it has to be said again: Australia waged the world's most effective war on AIDS by ignoring the Catholic Church. We did not heed the demands of John Paul II and his successor, Benedict XVI. We encouraged people to use condoms, we distributed clean syringes and we saved thousands of lives.

Catholics applauded, though silently. While the hierarchy of the church remains locked into an ancient theology of sex that has terrible consequences in the modern world, the rank and file know better. But they are entirely submissive. They don't rise up. They don't heckle Benedict and Pell from the pews. Their courtesy is the great modern miracle of Catholicism.

But in the Western world at least, they don't support the Vatican's absolute ban on condoms.


sanctioned hanky panky...

A Vatican official has said the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Medicine to British IVF pioneer Robert Edwards is "completely out of order".

Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said the award ignored the ethical questions raised by the fertility treatment.

He said IVF had led to the destruction of large numbers of human embryos.

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Nearly four million babies have been born using IVF fertility treatment since 1978.

Mr Carrasco, the Vatican's spokesman on bio-ethics, said in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) had been "a new and important chapter in the field of human reproduction".



I personally don't like the IVF program... Of 10 couples, one will be childless on average for various reasons. But, beyond this, the population of the world is already bursting at the seams, so why add to the problem using some very very expensive "applied" science? And do we know what this will do to human gene degeneration/modification in the future? Nothing to do with the morality of sanctioned hanky panky... Meanwhile may all the IVF babies live long and happy lives, including young X, just born to B and R — after a couple years of intense IVF... Welcome to this weird and wonderful world that we doing all we can to muck up...

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