NewsThu Jun 16, 2005 - 12:15 pm EST
Uganda President Reverses Position and calls on Catholic Bishops to Adopt Condoms against AIDS
KAMPALA, June 16, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Since the death of Pope John Paul II, the world’s press has carried comments from international aid organizations and homosexual activists accusing the late pope, his successor and the Catholic Church in general of complicity in the AIDS pandemic. The equation is simple: because the Church advocates fidelity and chastity and prohibits the use of condoms, she is directly responsible for the death of millions. Despite its massive failure, with sky rocketing rates of AIDS in every country that adopts it, the UN-sponsored organizations purporting to fight AIDS in Africa still cling doggedly to their condom doctrine.
Now the president of the one country that held out against the onslaught and has most successfully turned around his nation’s AIDS rate, has turned against the policy that has saved so many lives. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said at the closing of a Catholic conference, “If the church is really interested in having its followers live, it should back the use of condoms to save church members from AIDS.”
He said, “This is not to support immorality, but to recognize the weakness of those we live with and help them to live a healthy life.”
The turn-around by Museveni, although disturbing, is not altogether unexpected by those who have observed the intense pressure put on leaders of African countries to accept the failed United Nations approach to AIDS prevention. In December, 2004, Ugandan First Lady, Janet Museveni excoriated such organizations for their insistence on the “safe-sex” dogma.
In January 2004, Mrs. Museveni told the young people of Uganda that they should not listen to those pushing free sex and condoms. “You do not need sex at your age. Wait until you are married. You can choose to fight AIDS by saying no and be able to stay alive.” She urged young people at a youth conference to practice “God-centered” self-control. The strategy of endorsing the principles of chastity and fidelity within marriage brought Uganda’s rate of AIDS infection to the lowest in the African subcontinent.
Dr. Edward C. Green, an AIDS prevention worker and senior research scientist at the Harvard Center for Population and Development wrote in the January 31st edition of the Weekly Standard, that the Ugandan success, based as it is on sexual abstinence and marital fidelity, “directly challenges core values and attitudes enshrined by the Western sexual revolution.”
Green wrote, “How infuriating that an approach not funded by the big donors and scoffed at by foreign experts should prove to be the very thing that worked.”
The bishops of Uganda have stood firm against the deadly condom error. Two bishops attending the meetings said that the church would not accept condom use or financial aid from atheist NGOs to fight HIV/AIDS. 33% of Ugandans are Roman Catholic.
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