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Friday, March 20, 2009

Westminster Cardinal defends Pope

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Africa, Aids, abstinence and the Pope’s views -Times Online

Sir, I was appalled at the tasteless cartoon depicting Pope Benedict XVI. No newspaper should show such disrespect to a person who is held in high esteem by a large proportion of Christians in the world. To pillory the Pope in this way is totally unacceptable. As to what Pope Benedict said, it would be wiser for people to look at the issues that he was raising in his remarks. It is certainly true that the widespread distribution of condoms can run the risk of greater promiscuity and that the best way to combat the Aids epidemic is by healthcare, education and fidelity in married life. Even if people do not accept the Church’s teaching in this matter, it is a well-known fact that the greatest contribution to health care for those living with Aids in Africa is given by the Catholic Church.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

Archbishop of Westminster

2 comments:

Christian said...

As usual the title is wrong. It is "Cormac Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor". You would have thought the man could get his own name right.

Tony said...

The correct way of expressing it is counter-intuitive and I expect that the way it was written is how most people think of the Cardinal's title, whether or not it is strictly correct. I think it's a bit churlish and somewhat disrespectful if the only thing anyone can say about this is to have a go at the grammar - which may well be a transcription issue anyway... There are far bigger issues involved than nitpicking like this.