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Today is World AIDS Day. To mark the occasion, yesterday the Vatican reached out to the 40 million adults and children living with HIV and offered a message of hope and understanding.

Oh, wait. No they didn't:

On the eve of World AIDS Day, the head of the Vatican's pontifical health council quoted Pope John Paul as calling AIDS a "pathology of the spirit" that must be combated with "correct sexual practice" and "education of sacred values."

"I highlight his thoughts regarding the immunodeficiency of moral and spiritual values," Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan added in a speech prepared for World AIDS Day on Wednesday.

To be fair, the Vatican also called on drug companies to put this world health crisis before their bottom line and make anti-retroviral drugs affordable to everyone. But then there's this little nugget:

"For greater efficiency in the fight against HIV/AIDS... all forms of discrimination in the treatment of those with the illness must be eliminated," [Lozano Barragan] said.

Well, for a start, why not stop calling sick people "immoral"? You think maybe you can do that, you evil bunch of pricks? And what gives these people -- the ones who spent decades covering up the rape of children by priests -- the right to lecture anyone on deficient morals and correct sexual practices?

Is it getting angry in here, or is it just me?

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The people who put a child molester in charge of the parish school I attended want to lecture the world about sexual morality? Men who engage in the sexual aberration of celibacy want to explain "correct fucking sexual practice"? The organization that tried to teach me anti-semitism an that made the word "inquisition" famous is concerned about discrimination?

Fuck off and die, JP II.

mark @ 12/03/2004 12:59 AM CST

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