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Cardinal Hummes takes good care of his clergy
Graphic counsels on the web

It seems the Archbishop of São Paulo, Brazil, Claudio Cardinal Hummes, cannot even take care of his own clergy.

For more than four years, our reader reveals, the parish priest of the Parish of Our Lady of Fatima in Imirim, in the archdiocese of Sao Paulo, has been offerring extremely graphic advice on the "prevention" of AIDS.

Father Valeriano Paitoni, a religious priest in the archdiocese of São Paulo, heads the "Foundation Father Costanzo Dalbesio", part of the work of the Parish ("Nossa Senhora de Fatima do Imirim"), which is the upkeeper of this public charity. The foundation, among other projects, helps children with AIDS -- and also helps others to "prevent" being contaminated by the HIV virus. The extremely graphic information (link: extremely graphic and offensive, not advisable for most; linked here for documentational purposes) which, beyond being offensive, infringes the clear teaching of the Church as portrayed in Casti Connubii, Humanae Vitae, and Evangelium Vitae, is offered by this Catholic foundation since the website was first established (the "Page Info" of the website in fact registers that it was "last modified" on "Wednesday, June 19, 2002, 14:23:47").

Naturally, if a Catholic foundation is willing to display this kind of information online, one can not fathom what kind of information they share on the spot with the children and with the parishioners who share this work.

Our reader tells us that, once again, the archbishop, Cardinal Hummes, was repeatedly warned of this grave problem, but chose to ignore it, as in other cases. Father Valeriano Paitoni was never removed from his parish.