AIDS and Catholicism: an immoral limit to the material right of the many for the ethereal good of the few
by Jose Serralvo
International Journal of Public Law and Policy (IJPLAP), Vol. 1, No. 1, 2011

Abstract: Following Saint Augustine's views on contraception, the Catholic Church continues to condemn the use of prophylactics. Despite the protests of bishops and Catholic communities around the world who see prophylactics as an ally in the fight against the AIDS pandemics in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Vatican has refused to soften its stance. This paper outlines the Vatican's responsibility on the issue under International Human Rights Law, in particular the right to health. It analyses how the societal elements of religious morality may hamper the effective enjoyment of such rights, and the way any discursive approach within a community may coerce the free will of the individual and make AIDS prevention policies more difficult.

Online publication date: Tue, 31-Mar-2015

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