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Vatican official says blaming church for AIDS is 'psychological terrorism'
    To accuse the Church of spreading AIDS because it points out the moral questions entailed in the use of the condom is an act of 'psychological terrorism', a Vatican aide on pastoral care says.
    Just days after the conclusion of a Vatican summit of world experts on AIDS, Fr Felice Ruffini, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers, replied to criticisms that often follow Church pronouncements on this issue.
    In statements today to the religious congregations' news agency VID, Fr Ruffini said it is a "real act of psychological terrorism to present the position of the Church against the prophylactic as one, if not the principal, cause of the spread of AIDS. In any case, if the virus spreads, the fault lies with man, who does not want to engage in self-criticism of his behaviour."
    He quoted French scientist Luc Montagner, who played a major role in identifying the HIV virus, who "said clearly at the international conference on AIDS, organized a few years ago ... in the Vatican, that to combat AIDS effectively, what was necessary was healthy behaviour in the area of sex."