I am responding to Thomas Wanebo’s Oct. 13 article, “AIDS,
condoms and the last straw of the Catholic Church.” Mr. Wanebo
expressed some strong opinions of the religion.
First, the Catholic faith has been around for over 2000 years
and has remained unchanged. There is no separation of “current”
faith and past faith.
They have never believed in pre-marital sex or homosexual
relationships. It doesn’t matter what social changes emerge, a
religion as old and traditional as Catholicism will not suddenly
change its ways to accommodate its skeptical members.
Second, Catholics believe God gave his people the gift of free
will to believe what they want to believe and do whatever they want
to do. So please, don’t accuse Catholics of “thought control.” If
people want to make themselves aware of political issues and
problems that the religion has had in the past they have the right
to do so. The Vatican doesn’t have total control over that.
Third, the Catholic Church is accurate in proclaiming that
condoms do not prevent the spread of AIDS 100 percent. It’s also
printed on the condom package. The church is not “taking the lives
of its members,” but simply warning them of the possible dangers
they face when they decide to have sex. Sound familiar? Remember
sex education class? The difference is that the church as the
influence of morality. Finally, I agree it is important for people
to stand up for what they believe in, but it’s equally important to
consider all the facts before doing so.
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