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'HIV/Aids is a moral issue' - New Era

WINDHOEK The solution to the HIV/AIDS pandemic is not what is often popularly presented in television and other communication media.

This is the view of the Namibian Catholic Bishops Conference (NCBC).

The NCBC says HIV/AIDS is a moral issue and is far beyond being a mechanical issue of following certain techniques.

In a statement signed by the NCBC President Reverend Archbishop Liborius Nashenda, the body says mechanical means includes advising the use of condoms correctly, having condoms in your handbag, practising circumcision, and taking a warm shower after sex. This simply degrades the human being to the level of a machine.

The NCBC says such advice is short-range and a quick-fix solution to a much deeper problem.

The church body quotes Pope Benedict XVI, who said, The problem of AIDS cannot be overcome with advertising slogans. If the soul is lacking the scourge cannot be resolved by distributing condoms, quite the contrary, we risk worsening the problem.

The NCBC notes that HIV/AIDS is about right or wrong in the eyes of the Lord, about responsible behaviour, respect for human life, self-control, honesty to God and others, about a positive, reasonable and responsible response to a given situation.

It further quotes the Popes statement in Cameroon, which stated that the solution can only come through a spiritual and human renewal, bringing a new way of behaving towards one another, a way of behaving that is just towards ones own body and the other persons body.

Abstinence before marriage and faithfulness within marriage are integral parts of a Christian morality, the statement read. The body says by keeping the Ten Commandments dealing with sexuality, lives will be saved and the pandemic will be overcome.

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Saving life, for sure goes together with the demands of self-denial, self-control and sexual self-discipline. These values must become an integral part of our human attitude which can heal the wound of the nation, the NCBC says.

The NCBC urges Namibians to use the media responsibly and not to get confused in their thinking.

We appeal to each and every Christian to take a stand on the basis of faith, discipleship, determination, discipline and genuine morality, it urges.

The church advises people to strengthen their moral resistance by the Word of God, which can be found in daily prayer, in receiving the sacraments, in the attendance of the common worship of the Christian community at least on Sundays.

Be confident and sure that the Condom is not the solution. No Condom is as strong as your own will and determination. No preservatives means is as powerful as your own spirit and the Holy Spirit in you, it adds.

The NCBC further expresses its sympathy and support for the many children and many faithful wives and husbands, who have picked up the HIV virus innocently.

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