Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Catholic Priests Are Dying of AIDS, Often In Silence

Um leitor deste blog enviou-me um mail relativo a uma noticia publicada no Kansas City Star de 30 de Janeiro de 2000. Verifiquei pessoalmente que esta noticia foi publicada neste jornal.

Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests across the United States have died of AIDS-related illnesses, and hundreds more are living with HIV, the virus that causes the disease.

The actual number of AIDS deaths is difficult to determine. But it appears priests are dying of AIDS at a rate at least four times that of the general U.S. population, according to estimates from medical experts and priests and an analysis of health statistics by The Kansas City Star.

In Missouri and Kansas alone, at least 16 priests and two religious-order brothers have died of AIDS since early 1987.

The deaths are of such concern to the church that most dioceses and religious orders now require applicants for the priesthood to take an HIV-antibody test before their ordination.

For the nation's 60 million Catholics, served by 46,000 priests, the AIDS issue goes straight to the heart of church doctrine -- a doctrine that teaches compassion and forgiveness but also considers homosexual relations a sin and opposes the modern practice of "safe sex."

Published on January 30, 2000, Page A1, Kansas City Star, The (MO)

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