This is to follow up on the Apologist response to the question from yesterday.
I am struggling with the Church’s position as it relates to this issue. It seems to show a poor understanding on the Church’s part of the cultural dynamics in places such as Africa. In most, if not all, African countries, the women spouse cannot tell the male spouse that they need to refrain from sexual relations in order to prevent the transmittal of AIDS. The husband will simply not refrain. In an indirect manner, it seems that the women is being condemned to death. I heard that the Catholic Church does allow women to take the pill if required for medical reasons. If this is true, why would this example not fall into the same category? People may say the answer is education, but it could take decades to change the cultural attitude in Africa. Meanwhile many women will die. It seems contrary to life to me.
Can you help me understand better the Church’s position in this instance?