Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Messages of support keep rolling in

Thank you so much for representing us and fighting for our rights as Catholics to promote condom use! With the AIDS epidemic at hand it seems cruel to me that condoms be against our religion as Catholics. It seems ignorant and unjust for condoms to be condemmed. Not only can they prevent disease, but they can prevent the need for abortions. Good luck!!! GOD BE WITH YOU in your struggle to get the church to treat it's members as Jesus would have wanted it to.

Rose Hartzell


Dear fighters for human justice and openess within the church,

As I see in the papers you do a great job, working against the Vatican-tide, but in harmony with the vast majority of modern vitaly believing catholics.

Keep courage!

And thank you for your investment in the future of real humanity, as demanded by the gospel and understood by the mainstream within the catholic church.

hubert michiels van kessenich
married priest


Good for you all in resistance in Cologne! I worked with Tobias and others at "Challenge the Church" during the papal visit in 2002! Great international solidarity!

Spirit Sophia is moving. Bless you all from all of us.

Rosemary Ganley

Toronto, Canada


Congratulations on your terrific effort!

It is so important to make the public aware that large numbers of people, especially young Catholics, do not support the Vatican’s opposition to condom use for the prevention of HIV/AIDS.

We hope by your example you encourage other young people to mobilise in protecting their own sexual health and rights.

Let your voices be heard, strong and loud during this weekend and long afterwards!

Victoria Rugg
International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network


Only just seen the email about your groups' activites in Cologne and so thought I'd let you know you have much support from myself and many of those I know!

All the best,
Anna Foss


Message for Youth Activists:

Thank you for getting the word out that using condoms and taking care of eachother is "pro-life."

Emily Barcklow
Coordinadora de Proyecto
Equidad de Género: Ciudadanía, Trabajo y Familia, A.C.


Dear Comrades gathered in Cologne representing the Youth and Faith Sectors,

People of South Africa salute you for the honourable deed you are doing. We ask you to stand strong in your conviction and know that we if we could be with you we would make a lot of noise (which is called toi-toiying here in South Africa).

The Catholic Church, by banning condoms, is imposing a life sentence of people, espcecially in the developing world. The AIDS Consortium is located in South Africa. We are part of sub-Saharan Africa, the region with the most people infected with HIV/AIDS in the world. Our people are dying. Some brave Catholic Priests here hand out condoms in the townships because they see the futility of the Church's antiquated ruling and understand that condoms can save lives. To ban condoms is inmoral, unethical and wrong.

VIVA World Youth Day 4 All Coalition VIVA. This is the spirit of true democracy. Shout your say and know that you are the mouthpiece of the the poorest of the poor, the disenfranchised and the marginalised. SHOUT LOUD AND BE PROUD.

We Salute You
The AIDS Consortium (South Africa)