Bishop calls for new AIDS theology
A South African Catholic cleric who supports the use of condoms against HIV/AIDS has called for a new "theology" for the pandemic.
The Universe reports that Bishop Kevin Dowling told the Chicago Tribune that such a theology would be based on an ethic of "human dignity and justice and human rights instead of just an ethic of sexuality".
Official Catholic teaching bans condoms because they are a form of contraception, arguing that abstinence is the best way to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, Dowling argued that abstinence in marriage should be reconsidered "in a diocese full of desperately poor women with few options beyond prostitution to feed their children."
Catholic Bishop calls for new aids theology (The Universe 15/11/05)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
A two-front fight: AIDS, the church (Chicago Tribune 4/11/05)
Bishop Kevin Dowling: Lives in the Balance (Time Europe Magazine - Heroes 2005)
Salvadoran archbishop calls for "world action" to protect AIDS victims (Catholic News Agency 10/11/05)
Non-profit Christian factory launches cheaper AIDS drugs in India (Ecumenical News International 9/11/05)
16 Nov 2005