Tuesday, 26 August 2008

What do I think of contraceptive use by couples suffering from AIDS?

First of all, this topic will NOT touch on contraceptive use by unmarried sex partners or unmarried couples suffering from AIDS. The focus is strictly on married couples with at least one partner suffering from AIDS. In other words, should such a couple use contraceptives to avoid spreading of AIDS? What if they want children?
IMHO, I don't think it's Catholic to put more concern on not spreading AIDS compared to not getting in the way of God giving such couples children. Confused? Read on...
"It is in cases in which sexual expression is sought outside sacramental marriage, or in which the procreative function of sexual expression within marriage is deliberately frustrated, that the Catholic Church expresses grave moral concern." (Wikipedia). Looking at the above teaching on sex within marriage, it is clear that married couples having sex without opening the door to having children is very bad indeed. I would assume this applies too to couples with STD. In such cases the couples should not fear death by AIDS so much that they do not allow God to give them children. After all, simple medication is enough to prevent the baby in the womb from getting AIDS.
Some parents may say that having children while the parents are going to die from AIDS is irresponsible. My answer? Trust in God. Let Him deal with it. After all, He would not give them children if they are incapable of dealing with children, right?
In conclusion, it is my opinion that all those complaints by people on the Church's harsh stand on condom use even in the case of AIDS sufferers are not going to be heeded by the Vatican. If I'm correct, then the Church will not make policy that will directly contravene God's will. The Church will not allow Catholic married couples suffering from AIDS to get in the way of God when it comes to child-bearing. That's all, folks.

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