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Sex and the Catholic Church - Oeru and Texas

There must be books on sex and the Catholic Church, but I have not read them. It seems to be the worst problem the Church has today. Curiously, Peru seems to be the main battle ground. At mass in Lima's cathedral today, the Cardinal Archbishop loudly and angrily denounced the constitution, which says that Peru respects human life but does not specifically ban abortion, which poor women practice on a large scale. The cleric may be right in denouncing abortion, but he showed no sympathy for the poor women. Congressmen, whom he is asking to change the constitution, seemed embarrassed. The Catholic line is that illegitimacy is preferable to abortion since it does not involve the killing of life. The President of Peru, Alejandro Toledo, has been forced to acknowledge that he is the father of a girl who for sometime has made this claim. His political rivals tried to make capital out of it, but I did not hear a word of condemnation from the Catholic Church.

A previous posting described a church sex scandal. In addition, a major news item concerns a plastic surgeon accused of raping his female clients. A hidden camera showed him doing it, like the hidden camera which took photographs of Montesinos giving bribes. Who places these hidden cameras? Rivals and competitors? See the posting on photographs of Fidel Castro's domestic life taken by a hidden camera. In El Salvador, the family of an old woman used a hidden camera to take pictures a woman charged with taking care of her actually beating her to death. Big Sister is watching. Catholic Church often have an eye looking down from the ceiling to remind that Gid is watching us. Hidden cameras have taken over the job.

In contrast, mass at San Fernando cathedral in San Antonio, Texas, as usual exuded compassion. Today is the first Sunday in Advent, devoted to the coming of Christ On the altar there was a small cradle, waiting for the Christ child. However, this is International AIDS (SIDA in Spanish) Day, and that was the theme of the service. The sermon was given by Priamo Ojeda, a Bishop in the Dominican Republic and a member of the board of the National Catholic AIDS Network. When he spoke of prayer, I thought it was the usual business of asking God to heal the sick. But no. We must pray to God to soften our hearts so that we be not judgmental about AIDS victims. Is the difference between Lima and San Antonio a difference of cultures?

Ronald Hilton - 12/1/02