Thursday, May 18, 2006

No new statement on condoms likely, Vatican expert says

A Special Advisory from Catholic World News:
May. 18 ( - Despite many published reports to the contrary, the Vatican is not preparing a document on the use of condoms to curb AIDS infection, according to a consultor to the Holy See.

Msgr. Michel Schooyans, a Belgian theologian and consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family, told the I Media news agency that been discussed a statement on the topic, but that statement "never saw the light of day, and I don't think that it will ever appear."

Speculation that a Vatican statement might soon appear is the result of "media intoxication," the Belgian cleric said, in an unusually blunt series of comments on the public controversy.

Media intoxication...and the hopes of those who find both Jesus' and the Church's teachings difficult will not be satisfied. Many pay no heed and ignore the teachings anyway in what is frequently described as "loyal dissent" which, in fact, is an oxymoron for there is no such thing as "loyal dissent" from the Magisterium.

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