So the ends justify the means? We should be encouraging people to engage in that which is intrinsically evil (contraception) in order to avoid another evil (HIV)?
If one must prevent HIV, then abstinence makes sense. Nevertheless, if one must have sex, why can't we promote the use of condoms to prevent HIV? Don't you think it's waaaaaaaaaaaaay much better than having sex unprotected? Do we really want to act like fundamentalists who wish disease upon the abominable fornicators and homosexuals? Not only do you prevent disease, but unwanted abortion under Papal definition.
“I am often asked whether there will ever be a cure for H.I.V./AIDS, and my answer is that there is already a cure,” she says. “It lies in the strength of women, families and communities who support and empower each other to break the silence around AIDS and take control of their sexual lives.”
How about giving out condemns to adulterers? After all, in those circumstances a disease or pregnancy would be a whole host of problems.
This is the Pope who is against the death penalty, right? Just as one may take a position of love towards murderers so that they may not be killed under law, why not offer the same love to promiscuous people, in hopes that they may repent in good health some day?Your analogy is off: if the pope, gave the murder more human ways of doing his craft (say, poison instead of a knife) your analogy would be more in line.
Isa, if I was a health care professional, I can't just give spiritual advise to anyone I see. The patient will tell me, "Yes, doctor, I want to have sex." In which I case, I will answer, "PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE use a condom. You have a better chance protecting yourself from unwanted pregnancies and STDs than without protection."
I think this is a very sensible approach. If I know they have a greater risk without protection, why should I not ask otherwise.
If on the other hand Isa, I was talking to you as a friend, as a brother in Orthodoxy (or anyone who is interested in my spiritual advise), then yes, I would plead to you with spiritual advise, i.e. abstinence.