It's about time someone in the church stands up against the spread of AIDS.
I just wrote a story for my newscast (yes, I do squeeze in some work from time to time) on how Spain's top Catholic leaders are endorsing the use of condoms for the purpose of protecting against HIV. You can click here for a breakdown.
As a proud, card carrying member of the Roman Catholic church (Actually, we don't have cards. But baptismal certificates and rosary beads have got to count for something), I've often been frustrated with some of the practices of the faith. Ultra conservatives (and some of my very good friends in my bible study) may point their fingers at me for being a Cafeteria Catholic.
Nay, I say. I love the religion and intend to be a practicing Catholic for a long time. My frustrations lie, however, with how the church does not appear to have evolved with the struggles of Man in modern times. AIDS and HIV are lethal killers, and despite the omnipresent threat of Catholic guilt, they're a harsh reality for sexually active people.
The Catholic church has an obligation to take into consideration the real struggles and seductions of humanity. Rather than condemn a believer for using some kind of birth control (which The Church deems as a sin), Catholic leaders have an obligation to their followers to endorse any methods that may preserve and protect the frailty of human life.