Commentary & Opinion
Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report Summarizes Opposing Opinion Pieces on Vatican's Stance on Condom Use
May 16, 2006
Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, head of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, in an interview published last month in Rome's La Repubblica said Pope Benedict XVI had asked the council and other scientists and theologians to study condom use as a means of HIV prevention among married couples in which one partner is HIV-positive and the other is not. He also said that the Vatican would release a document on the subject soon. However, Vatican officials recently denied reports that the Vatican plans to release a document, and Barragan over the weekend said the council only is drafting an internal study of the issue (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 5/2). The New York Daily News on Sunday published two opinion pieces on the Vatican's stance on condom use. Summaries of the pieces appear below.
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