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Saturday, April 04, 2009

Belgian Bishops defend Pope

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Belgium's bishops lament a government proposal to protest Benedict XVI's comment that condoms are not the solution to fighting AIDS, saying the lawmakers didn't take into account the Pope's overall message.The Belgian Parliament passed a proposal today that asked the government to condemn the Pope's "unacceptable" comments, and to "officially protest before the Holy See."The Holy Father said in a press conference aboard the papal plane en route to Cameroon this month that "the problem [of AIDs] cannot be overcome by the distribution of prophylactics: On the contrary, they increase it."The bishops' conference of Belgium affirmed in a note today that they "respect the democratic character of this decision, but lament its content."The episcopate said the resolution didn't take into account Benedict XVI's overall message, which was that "without an education in responsible education, all other methods of prevention will fall short."

Secular lawmakers thinking themselves above the Pope in matters of morals.
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