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Aids And The Catholic Church

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In a contemporary world, many moral and ethical issues are debated freely within society. One of the most heated of these topical issues is acquired immune deficiency syndrome, commonly known as AIDS. Experts on this topic have predicted that ultimately it could kill more people around the world then World War II, and it must be noted that 40 million people died in World War II, and this war only lasted six years. World Health Organization statistics state that within 5 to 10 years, in 70 countries we will have 2 million dead and 100 million AIDS carriers. Unfortunately AIDS is an ongoing battle for people across the globe, and it is the war against AIDS that this seminar will be investigating today. The war against AIDS does not only apply to the prejudices associated to it, such as prostitutes, homosexuals and drug addicts. Reality is that AIDS will and has killed thousands of people, through other means, such as tainted blood transfusions or unintended contact with an infected syringe.The question that we find in our minds when reasoning on how to deal with AIDS is how we can prevent this virus from stealing the lives of more people throughout the world. Many have come up with theories, all yet to be proven. There have been suggestions we quarantine all AIDS victims to ensure there are no further transmissions, but such proposals are impractical and inhumane to deny a dying person his or her right to peace and time with family in their last moments. People living with HIV/AIDS face discrimination which is dehumanizing and suffering which strips the person's sense of worth and dignity. Tackling the problematic AIDS isn't easy, and ethics, morals and strong influence from the Catholic Church are all contributors to this issue.AIDS has seen the country of Africa brought to its knees as it is reaching epidemic proportions. Even the desperation and hardship brought to this country still fails to shake the stubborn view of Church. The Catholic Church has long opposed the condom on the dogmatic ground that it is a device of pleasure at the expense of God's wish for procreation. An expert on such issues, Professor Pennington, quotes, "To not use a condom means you are exposing yourself (and your partner) to the risk of contracting AIDS, to the risk of death and to the risk of passing the virus on." For this reason the Church is being asked to regard the condom not as a life stopper but a life saver. In a recent interview with Channel Ten's Derryn Hinch, a representative from the Catholic Church, Farther Harman, talks about the AIDS debate. When given the hypothetical that, "If I am an AIDS antibody-positive husband, gotten from whatever manner, blood transfusion or extra-marital activity, the Church would then say to me that I would be wrong to use a condom having sex with my wife." Father Harman's response was, "the Church would say that, whether AIDS or not, you would be wrong to use a condom, insofar as the Church's stand is that every act of...

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