Belgian Archbishop's AIDS Comments Spark National Fury
October 18, 2010
Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, head of the Belgian Roman Catholic Church, called a press conference Friday following outrage over remarks he made that AIDS is "sort of inherent justice."
In a recently published book, Leonard said he understood from numerous scientific papers that "AIDS at the beginning multiplied through sexual behavior with all sorts of partners or else through anal rather than vaginal sexual rapports." In the book, a Dutch translation of a 2006 book in French that already caused uproar, he rejects the notion that AIDS is "a punishment from God," instead "this epidemic is sort of intrinsic justice, not at all a punishment."
Agence France Presse
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