Journalist Michael O’Loughlin, from our sister publication, America Media, recently published a fascinating podcast called “Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church.” His investigation focuses primarily in the United States, but in the final episode he examines the context of HIV/AIDS and the Church’s response in South Africa.
Michael O’Loughlin interviews Bishop Kevin Dowling of the Diocese of Rustenburg; Sr Alison Munro, of the SACBC Aids Desk; and Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM during the final episode of his podcast, which you can listen to below.
They consider the problem of HIV/AIDS, how South Africa’s high infection rates are linked to gender-based violence, poverty and the migrant labour system. They say this creates a systemic evil that Church leaders say must be overcome. The issue of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in this context is also discussed.