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      CATHOLICS ADMIT PERSECUTION OF AIDS VICTIMS
      By Nicholas Pyke
      Independent News
      November 24, 2002

      http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_medical/story.jsp?story=355154

      The Catholic Church's official programme for international development has
      issued an extraordinary apology on behalf of Catholics worldwide, saying
      they have colluded in the persecution of HIV and Aids victims in the
      developing world.

      Caritas Internationalis, an umbrella organisation representing around 150
      Catholic relief agencies worldwide, has put itself at odds with senior
      figures in the Catholic hierarchy by issuing a statement of "regret".

      Drawn up in advance of World Aids Day, a week today, the statement says
      church members including bishops and priests silently condoned
      discrimination against people struggling with the virus.

      "We acknowledge with deep regret that Caritas members have not always acted
      promptly or positively to respond to the challenges posed by HIV/Aids," says
      the statement drawn up on behalf of Caritas by the Catholic Agency for
      Overseas Development (Cafod), based in Britain.

      The HIV infection rate is now running at 15,000 a day, according to Caritas.

      "The virus tapped into dark fears and secrecy that surround sex, making it
      easy to falsely tag HIV as a physical manifestation of sin," said Ann Smith,
      one of the statement's authors and HIV adviser to Cafod.

      Although the statement avoids mentioning contraception, last week the
      Catholic Institute for International Relations joined calls for the Church
      to permit the use of condoms to fight Aids.

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