An Italian Daily has rumoured that the Pope plans to make an announcement on a change in the policy on contraception possibly as early as this month. This much is certain. Cardinal Barragan of Mexico has completed the first stage of a review on contraception in the church. Cardinal Daneels of Belgium said that using s condom in a conjungal situation to protect against Aids is morally different than using one for birth control. The Pope’s own theologian, Cardinal Cottier, argues that the Roman Catholic “theology of life” could be used to justify lifting the ban (to prevent death from Aids) Cardinal Martini, a candidate for the papacy. said a married person with HIV was “obliged” to protect his or her partner from the disease.
It is reckoned that 40 million people are HIV positive and that 8,000 die from Aids a day. Surely it is time for a philosophy of life.