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Saturday, April 22, 2006


Saturday's Snippets

Smell of Decay in Washington,DC * Immigration and GOP * Vatican and Condoms

Cover story of The April 20th issue of The Economist (London) reads: "Taking on Bush - Can the Democrats get their act together?" Don't think that I am an exception when I say that there are days when the prospects look far from bright. What a pity that would be. With all the negative baggage being carried by Bush and the GOP, if the Democrats fail then they would have no one to blame but themselves.

Editorial in The Economist: "SNIFF the air in Washington, DC, this spring and you notice the smell of decay."
The immigration issue has become a hot potato for the GOP as gay rights is for Democrats. With the midterm elections looming ahead, the Republicans are scrambling to find a middle ground between the hardliners and the so called elitist members of the party. The bottom line, they don't want to completely lose the Hispanic voters. ""How The GOP Lost Its Way",There is nothing new about this division. It is a 40-year-old fight that has its roots in the cultural, economic, regional and ideological differences between the two camps. Still, most conservatives felt that after the victory of Ronald Reagan and the Republican Revolution of 1994 their point was made and the country-clubbers would know their place. They were wrong. The Rockefeller wing is now attempting to reassert its control over the party and is openly hostile toward the Reagan populists who created the Republican majority in the first place."


The Vatican approves condoms! Not quite. As a weapon against AIDS, yes. "We must do everything to fight AIDS," said Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, the retired archbishop of Milan, in Italy's L'Espresso newsweekly. "Certainly, the use of condoms can constitute in certain situations a lesser evil."

But some things never change--old men in robes and their position on abstinence. "While there is no specific, authoritative Vatican policy on using condoms to protect against AIDS, the Vatican opposes condoms because they are a form of artificial contraception. Pope Benedict XVI repeated the Vatican's position last June, when he told African bishops abstinence was the only "fail-safe" way to prevent the spread of HIV."


To some, it may appear that Martini is breaking with the pope and official church teachings.

But in fact, Martini's comments in the Italian magazine are entirely consistent with the church's reverance for life.

The church teaches that no one should use a condom or any other type of artificial contraception.

The reality, though, that if everyone follows that teaching, people will likely die.

Martini is not a relativist. He is not arguing that the church shirk its beliefs and adapt to contemporary, secular morality — or immorality, if you will. He is not calling for condom distributions after Mass.

Martini just wants to make sure that whenever possible, the church avoids a greater evil and, even after man has sinned, always stands up for life.
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