Africa: Key Points of Roman Catholic Church's Africa Roadmap
November 22, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI gave his approval Saturday to "Africae Munus" ("The Pledge for Africa"), a 135-page apostolic exhortation for the Roman Catholic Church in Africa. The document includes the following statement regarding HIV/AIDS: "The problem of AIDS, in particular, clearly calls for a medical and pharmaceutical response. This is not enough, however: The problem goes deeper. Above all, it is an ethical problem. The change of behavior that it requires -- for example, sexual abstinence, rejection of sexual promiscuity, fidelity within marriage -- ultimately involves the question of integral development, which demands a global approach and a global response from the Church. For if it is to be effective, the prevention of AIDS must be based on a sexual education that is itself grounded in an anthropology anchored in the natural law and enlightened by the word of God and the Church's teaching."
Agence France Presse
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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