“There may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility.”Not that there should be a hierarchy of any kind, but even gay prostitutes seem to take priority over women. And let's not forget comments from a couple of years ago, when this Pope suggested that saving the world from queers was as important as saving the environment.
Now, the Pope's spokespersons seem to be adding women into the mix as well in later clarifications. A nice afterthought - the PR machine doesn't sleep for any giant, multinational institutions.
But while AIDS activists praise the Pope's statements as a "shift" and "a significant step forward," an interview on NPR tonight with the head of Ignatius Press - publisher of the Pope's book - practically fell over himself to downplay the significance of the comments, and assert that they are no different than any prior teaching or comments.
I'm not anti-Catholic by any means, but the public is far too eager to find something praiseworthy. I don't cheer for "bare minimum," and I certainly don't praise "less bad" over "bad." The Church - Catholic and Evangelical - MUST stop treating women as an afterthought. And dealing practically with issues like AIDS wouldn't hurt, either...