Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dec 10, 2003 / 22:00 pm
The Bishops Conference of Brazil has published a clear statement asking the country’s Ministers of Health and of Education to end a campaign to make condoms available in schools, proposing instead comprehensive education for young people in order to stop the spread of AIDS.
The “dirty war” of certain homosexual groups against the Church has not stopped the bishops from speaking out. Signed by the president of the Bishops Conference, Cardinal Geraldo Majella Agnelo, the text points out that condoms have not been proven to be 100% effective in preventing the contraction of AIDS.
The Bishops conference spelled out the urgency of creating a sexual education program that does not trivialize sexuality and that promotes “the living of one’s sexuality as one of the ways of expressing love,…which demands affectivity, self-donation, responsibility and fidelity.”
Likewise the Bishops demand that the role of parents in sexual education be respected, as “the family is the natural place for passing on values, for promoting the dignity of men and women and the true meaning of loving and sexual relationships” within the context of marriage.