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Montrose Voice, No. 321-A, December 16, 1986 - File 003. 1986-12-16. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 27, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/5757/show/5746.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 321-A, December 16, 1986
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date December 16, 1986
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 2 MONTROSE VOICE/DECEMBER 16. 1986 Catholic Church Rejects Condoms in Fighting AIDS By Aurelio Rojas LOS ANGELES (UPI)—The nation's largest archdiocese has withdrawn its support from an AIDS program because it endorses the use of condoms, prompting new charges that the Catholic church is out of touch with the modern world. "In 1986, one of the facts of life which all Americans need to face is that any penetrative sexual intercourse necessitates the use of prophylactics," said Eric Rofes, executive director of The Gay & Lesbian Community Services Center. Despite evidence that condoms are effective in decreasing the spread ofthe deadly AIDS virus, Archbishop Roger Mahony announced Dec. 6 that the Los Angeles archdiocese would not support the AIDS education program aimed at Hispanic parishioners. Mahony withdrew his support because the use of condoms was among the preventive measures recommended in a program sponsored by a consortium of 13 service organizations. His statement means church porperty cannot be used for lectures that are a part of the program. "The Roman Caholic Church does not approve of the use of condoms," Mahony said. "In the issue of AIDS, such use implies either heterosexual promiscuity or homosexual activity. The church approves of neither." The Los Angeles area has the third highest number of AIDS cases in the nation following New York and San Francisco. County health officials sav a total of 2360 AIDS cases have been reported through Oct. 31, with another 172 suspected cases under investigation. Victims of the disease are predominantly gay men. The latest controversy comes during a period of increasingly vocal Vatican condemnation of homosexual activity and reiteration of the church's opposition to all contraceptives Church officials have suggested sexual abstinence as a way to combat AIDS, which the national Centers for Disease Control said has claimed nearly 16,000 victims. It says the number of cases is doubling every 13 months. Sheila Briggs, a theology professor at the University of Southern California, said, "Abstinence is not a very viable piece of advice for the Roman Catholic population as it exists today." Briggs said that despite church doctrine, there is statsistical evidence that the nation's 52.5 million Catholics are more "irresponsible" in their sexual practices than non-Catholics. "There is alos evidence to suggest that Catholics have a higher incidence of AIDS than the general population," she said, citing a survey in New Wave Ministry, a journal produced by Catholic lesbians and gay men. In Los Angeles, which has the nation's largest Hispanic population, the archdiocese's refusal to support the AIDS education program has been criticized by Catholic lesbians and gay men. They cited statistics showing 14 percent of AIDS victims are Hispanic, more than double the percentage of Hispanics in the total population, and said language barriers have impeded the dissemination of information. Mahony, who has been active in the Hispanic community, said he would reconsider his support of the education program if condoms are not included in the presentation. But Judy Siegel, directorof education and training for AIDS Project Los Angeles, one ofthe sponsors, said, "You can* talk about prevention if you don't talk about condoms." Professor Briggs, who is Catholic, said Mahony is hamstrung by church doctrine. "To be fair to Bishop Mahony and other U.S. bishops, they are aware ofthe church's responsibilitv (in fighting AIDS)," she said. "Unfortunately, the American bishops are in a difficult position because the Vatican feels at the moment that the U.S. church is too liberal in its views on sex. "This continuing pressure on the bishops to reaffirm the church's teachings places the bishops in a dilemma when presented with departing with church teachings." Earlier this year, the Rev. Charles Curran lost his license as an official church theologian at Catholic University in Washington, D.C, and Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen of Seattle was stripped of many of his duties because the Vatican ws unhappy with their liberal stands on moral issues. Curran maintains that contraception is not "intrinsically evil" and that homosexual acts "in the context of a loving relationship striving for permanency" can be "morally good." Hunthausen, meanwhile, permitted church affiliation with gay groups and sterilization in Catholic hospitals. The cases sparked a fire of revolt among U.S. church leaders. But in November, after an agonizing debate, bishops decided to back the pope. 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