Tuesday, December 06, 2011

President of HLI: Promoting Condoms as Solution to AIDS in Africa Constitutes "Scandal of Immense Proportions."

From the Human Life International website (November 30, 2001 release):

Human Life International President Father Shenan J. Boquet sent the following message today to HLI Nigeria, the Seminarians for Life of Pope John Paul Major Seminary Awka, university students and all participants of the upcoming March for Life in Nigeria on December 1, 2011 organized by HLI Nigeria to mark the occasion of World AIDS Day:

“Greetings in the name of Christ to our dear friends and fellow defenders of life in Nigeria! We are honored to stand in solidarity with you as you encourage your leaders to remain strong in their defense of life and family. Toward this end, we offer the following points for reflection as you march for life on the occasion of ‘World AIDS Day.’

“First, we stand in solidarity not only with those who march to defend life and family, but also with those who are suffering so greatly from the ravages of HIV and AIDS, and the families of those who have been lost to this dread disease. Our first obligation as Catholics is to reach out with the love of Christ to those who are suffering – in Charity and Truth. It is in the spirit of Charity that the Church has always reached out to those who suffer and has consoled those who mourn the loss of loved ones. We are offering a Mass for those who have been affected by this terrible scourge, and for those who continue to address the spiritual and temporal needs in Nigeria and throughout Africa.

“Second, in the spirit of Truth, we must affirm the now incontrovertible fact that false solutions offered by wealthy international population control organizations do more harm than good. The promotion of condoms as a solution to the HIV-AIDS crisis is such a false solution, and the fact that these now thoroughly discredited efforts continue, despite a growing body of scientific research that demonstrates their ineffectiveness in stopping HIV and AIDS, is a scandal of immense proportions. We have also seen research lately that shows that the widespread use of oral contraception, not surprisingly, correlates with higher rates of STIs, as people become more accustomed to risky behavior and tend to forget the obvious consequences of this behavior. Only a society-wide change in behavior will stop HIV and AIDS, and such a change is only possible if members of society regain a deep respect for women, for families, and for sexuality as it was intended to be lived. It is sad, but not surprising, to find, again and again, that the more we depart from the law of God and of nature, the more we suffer spiritual and natural consequences.

“Finally, while it is very important that we make our voices heard in the streets and in the halls of our political leaders, our defense of life and family is not limited to protest and arguments based in science and reason. Our main argument is always our lived example of faith, hope and charity! When we live as our Creator has intended, even in the midst of terrible challenges and suffering, we can be hopeful, since we know that by His grace our suffering can turn into joy and flourishing. By living lives of charity we bring Christ to one another, as we see Him in one another. And we do so because of our faith, from Holy Scripture through the lives of the saints and the Magisterial teachings of our beloved Church, whose message is never limited to the necessary condemnation of sin, but is in its fullness a doctrine of true human flourishing – a positive message of faith, hope and love!

“Thank you to our friends with Human Life International Nigeria and Seminarians for Life of Pope John Paul Major Seminary Awka. You are an example to us, and we pray that you are successful not only in protecting pro-life and pro-family laws in Nigeria, but in growing a more robust Culture of Life that we in the West can look to as an example of how to go about in creating authentic, integral human development.”

This charitable message of sanity and common sense based upon solid empirical data is opposed by militant atheists such as Brian Bridson, an intellectually impoverished character who refers hatefully to the Vicar of Christ, Pope Benedict XVI as "pope ben-the-dick" while asserting in his blind rage that the Catholic clergy are "pretentious scum bags" who are "all fuc... up." (See his post entitled "More Catholic Bullshit" here).

Bear in mind that it is mental midgets such as this who accuse the Catholic Church of being unable to engage in "reason and dialogue."  Ignoring the hard statistical data which are not supportive of his idiotic agenda, Mr. Bridson insists that the Church prefers that, "..people die in Africa than allow them to use condoms to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS."

Sophocles, in Antigone 1. 1023, says, "Stubborness and stupidity are twins." How so? Dr. Montague Brown explains as he makes the distinction between tenacity and stubborness: "Tenacity is the dedicated adherence to something we know to be worthwhile. As such, tenacity is positive. It involves a clear purpose - to persevere in what is good - and welcomes new evidence and perspectives that clarify or enrich that good...Tenacity is particularly evident when the adherence required is difficult. If my perseverance requires great effort of body or mind, or if it requires me to face a great deal of peer pressure and perhaps even ridicule, then my holding fast to my good purpose shows strength of mind and courage. In such cases, there may be little to gain in terms of social standing, but much in moral standing. Tenaciously holding to what is true and good not only benefits me in terms of virtue; it also works to ensure the stability of these goods in the community....Stubborness is the uncompromising insistence on having our own way. As such, stubborness is negative. It involves a kind of blindness, along with a willful rejection of evidence and the perspectives of others. Stubborness is particularly evident when the compromise required is easy. If the evidence I need to convince me to change my mind is readily available, or if accepting another's perspective would mean giving up little of importance, then my refusal to yield is not reasonable, but is motivated by stubborness. There is little to lose except my desire to be in control. Such rigid clinging to my own will hurts the community, because I refuse to cooperate with others, and it also prevents me from becoming successful and virtuous." (Dr. Montague Brown, Ph.D, The One-Minute Philosopher, pp. 162-163, Sophia Institute Press).

Don't expect intellectually cramped characters such as Brian Bridson to consider evidence which contradicts their world-view or to even consider the perspectives of others.  Nothing will ever produce the slightest crack in their wall of conviction.  Such people suffer from an adolescent crisis.


Ellen Wironken said...

Bigots like Bridson aren't concerned with truth. It gets in the way. They are committed only toward bashing the Church which they hate with satanic zeal. I've seen plenty of Catholic-bashing from this Christianophobe but I don't recall any posts from him bashing Jewish leaders. Because he knows that won't be tolerated. He zeroes in on Roman Catholicism because it's considered "an acceptable bias" at the moment.

Bridson is a moral coward and an intellectual phony. Another brainwashed fanatic who is incapable of seeing the truth and couldn't care less.

Dale said...

Ellen, Bridson wants the death toll to continue to mount in Africa. He's not interested in saving lives. If he were, he would know that the use of condoms has increased the cases of HIV/AIDS. Condoms often fail and, like HLI has documented, people who rely on them tend to increase those behaviors which put them at risk.

Maybe Bridson just hates black people?

Michelle said...

A massive U.S. government study has proven conclusively (once again) that condoms do not work. See the Catholic News Agency article here:


CraiginDorchester said...

You know, I have visited numerous blogs and/or websites, many of these run by atheists, and over the years I have noticed one thing which stands out in my mind. And it is this: when atheists, secular humanists or homosexual activists are losing a debate or their ideas are quickly exposed as having little or no substance, their tone and tenor becomes extremely volatile and even demonic in nature.

Does Mr. Bridson really believe that referring to our beloved Holy Father as "ben-the-dick" does anything for his thesis or that it win will sympathy for his cause from people who are undecided on an issue?

Does he honestly think that labeling all Catholic priests as "pretentious" or as "scum bags" will advance his cause?

Even he cannot believe that deep down. Why then the insults and shrill tone? Because deep down he knows - I mean he really knows - that he has no case.

I have seen this in public debates. The person who is losing the debate will very often resort to name-calling and insulting comments.

Mr. Bridson needs to explain how the US study on condom failure - backed by 138 independent research studies - is wrong and why he believes that he alone is right.

Resorting to childish name-calling and blanket statements condemning an entire group of people (in this case, Roman Catholic priests), does not constitute an argument.

We are waiting Mr. Bridson. We are waiting.

Betty said...

Craig, don't hold your breath. Thinking is not Bridson's strong suit. Only juvenile name-calling and obscenities. He's just a petulant child. Not worth the time of day.

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