Papal Paralysis

Papal Paralysis : How the Vatican Dealt with the AIDS Crisis

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Papal Paralysis is the first book to show how conservative clerics defended their position on the grounds that contraceptives were intrinsically evil, while critics within and outside the church called for accommodations in order to save lives. This book highlights the intransigent Papal teaching on contraceptives which led to the deaths of more

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  • Hardback | 138 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 11 black & white illustrations, 6 black & white halftones, 7 tables
  • 0739176846
  • 9780739176849

About R. John Kinkel

R. John Kinkel teaches courses in religion and medical sociology at Oakland University, more

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Papal Paralysis: How the Vatican Dealt with the AIDS Crisis, offers an important historical review of how papal doctrine led to the Catholic hierarchy's tragic failure in protecting human life during the HIV & AIDS epidemic, as well as in supporting efforts to create an AIDS-free generation...Kinkel's book reaffirms that we urgently need papal action to help create an AIDS-free generation, meet the global need for family planning and end extreme poverty in our time. Conscience Papal Paralysis provides a scathing critique of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, focusing on the inaction of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI in response to the global public health crisis of HIV/AIDS... [T]he book offers compelling analysis in a journalistic style. Theology & Sexuality Only a scholar who knows and cares about the Catholic Church as much as Dr. R. John Kinkel does could write so convincing a book on the Catholic Church and the AIDS crisis. His examination of the rationale for the Church's stance on the AIDS Crisis is an impressive work that helps the reader understand the diverse and complex factors that played a role in the development of the Vatican's position on AIDS, and by extension, on other somewhat baffling positions the Church may take on similar issues as well. The book is not only informative, but also easy to understand and should be required reading for those seeking greater insight into the Catholic Church's sometimes incomprehensible positions on difficult issues. -- Mary Cay Sengstock, Wayne State University This is a meticulously researched and well-balanced account of the politics, personalities, and power of The Roman Catholic Church's hierarchy that culminated in the shameful abandonment of the world's population to the scourge of HIV/AIDS. The book is very well-written, eschews professional jargon, and will be of great interest to all concerned with the 'intractable nature of human institutions and those who run them.' -- Kent Schwirian, The Ohio State University Dr. John Kinkel has written a wonderful, thought-provoking book on the policies of the Catholic Church on condoms and AIDS. He clearly demonstrates how policies of the Catholic Church matter to citizens of the world, whether Catholic or not. I found this book insightful, well-balanced, and an example of 'unintended consequences' on a massive scale. -- John Kettley, University of Michiganshow more

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter 1: The Church before AIDS Chapter 2: AIDS Hits America Chapter 3: Catholics and AIDS Chapter 4: The Continent and AIDS: Europe did not Sleep Chapter 5: A Voice from Africa Chapter 6: New Voices from Other Altars Chapter 7: New Pope: A Chance for Change Chapter 8: Waiting for Godot: The Lost Years Chapter 9: Breaking the Silence Chapter 10: Pope Benedict Sees the Light Chapter 11: Counting the Cost Chapter 12: Conclusionshow more