To the editor:
John Thavis’ article (March 23, 2009) highlights Pope Benedict XVI’s comments critical of condom distribution to prevent the spread of AIDS. His report is presented, however, in the context of “the latest chapter in sensitive church discussion”, the need for further “study” and the criticism made by a few Cardinals and Bishops of the Church’s traditional stance on the subject. This is remarkable reminiscent of the propaganda campaign made by certain Catholic journalists creating an expectation of change in the Church’s teaching on contraception, hope dashed by the publication of “Humanae Vitae”, a document having direct relevance to the matter of condom usage.
It is true that condom use to prevent disease and death is not contraception. Nevertheless, such an act is still intrinsically immoral since it is not a true marital act expressive of becoming one flesh. Condom use by the unmarried simply negates intercourse as the self-giving expression of married love.
How strange to see some Catholics siding with the immoral efforts of godless governments, international agencies like UNAIDS, and NGO’s tied in with multi-billion dollar condom manufacturers. Even more strange is it to view Cardinals and Bishops putting the lamp of their teaching under a bushel-basket full of condoms.