I share your hope that Pell, and many others, will both
take Lopez-Trujillo to task AND make sure an apology and
correction is made in the public arena. I also hope he will
ensure that ACCURATE scientific information about the latex
barrier of condoms is IMMEDIATELY rushed to church workers
and clergy throughout the world, with the Papal command
that they give this correct information to the people they
may have misled, and who may be avoiding condoms because
they believe they do not protect against the virus.
Anything less would not only be insufficient but immoral.
However, I will not hold my breath. Pell is already a member
of the Presidential committee of the pontifical council
for the family and a close associate of Lopez-Trujillo.
The false information about condoms has clearly been spread
widely to church workers and clergy for some time - and
the only probably source is the Vatican - more specifically
the council for the family and Lopez-Trujillo.
It is inconceivable that these views, which Trujillo himself
attributes to Vatican approved doctors, have been spread
far and wide throughout the networks of Catholic AIDS workers,
without many other senior people in the Vatican, and in
the council for the family, knowing about it. Trujillo is
not standing alone here - who else in the Vatican and its
councils has known for some time that these false claims
were being spread to church AIDS networks and to church
leaders throughout the world? What have they done about
George Pell should be asked what he already knew about
Trujillo's claims, if he knew they were being spread around
the world, if he supports them - and what he intends to
do now that they have been exposed.
I repeat - it is not only clear but inconceivable that
Trujillo is standing alone here . This is a Vatican scandal,
a church-wide scandal - not just the ignorant remarks of
one cardinal. Where are the documents that have spread these
ideas to Nicaragua, the Phillipines and Africa? who has
given the speeches or written the letters with the "science"
of the Vatican's doctors attached? How many Vatican and
other church leaders agree with these claims? Has anyone
of them objected to them being spread?
This is bigger than Lopez-Trujillo, and bigger than George
Pell - but both of them, and many other church leaders need
to face some very hard questions.
Trouble is - who has the guts to ask them?
: I have, as yet still not had time to read the
: full transcript. I did read the first three