Commentary & Opinion
Mozambique Archbishop Chimoio's Comments Claiming European-Made Condoms, Antiretrovirals Tainted With HIV "Baseless," Editorial Says
October 1, 2007
Comments made last week by Archbishop Francisco Chimoio, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Mozambique, that two European countries make condoms deliberately tainted with HIV as part of a plan "to finish quickly the African people" are "lunatic theories" and "baseless allegations," a Los Angeles Times editorial says (Los Angeles Times, 9/29).
"Almost as stunning as the archbishop's baseless allegations, however, has been the clarion silence from the Vatican," the editorial says, adding that Chimoio's comments have been "translated, ridiculed and lambasted throughout the world. So why haven't his superiors publicly corrected the musings of this preposterous prelate?" Chimoio's "rant ... veers beyond adherence to church doctrine and into an inducement to panic, one that the Vatican should silence."
According to the Times, "European colonialism bears much of the blame for the economic, political and social evils that plague the country," which "suffered 475 years of oppression under Portuguese rule." However, "for thwarting the use of condoms to halt the spread of HIV in Africa, it's not Portugal that's the knowing author of harm, it's Vatican City," the Times concludes (Los Angeles Times, 9/29).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.