Vatican blasts 'intimidation'

Vatican blasts 'intimidation'

Critics of the Catholic Church’s social teachings are trying to intimidate Pope Benedict XVI into silence, the Vatican claimed, responding to attacks on the pontiff’s remarks about Aids and condom use.

In a strongly worded statement, the Vatican defended the Pope’s view that condoms are not the answer to Africa’s Aids epidemic and could make it worse.

It said Benedict’s remarks to reporters had been “used by some groups with a clear intent to intimidate, as if to dissuade the Pope from expressing himself on certain themes of obvious moral relevance and from teaching the church’s doctrine”.


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