Vatican City. In January, the Vatican City condemned the
drug companies that earn large sums on expensive AIDS drugs
and urged them to offer cheaper drugs to the world's poor
children. However, the Vatican City itself received
criticism from the EU for the claim that HIV can get through
condoms. The allegation goes hand in hand with the condom
use campaigns run in AIDS by catastrophically afflicted
Africa. According to
CountryAAH, the claim poses a risk to the lives of millions of
people, the EU said. The Vatican City opposes all forms of
contraception and advocates abstinence.
In March, the Vatican commented on the much-debated film
"The Passion of the Christ" by director Mel Gibson. The film
had been criticized for being anti-Semitic. “If the film
spreads the belief that all Jews are to blame for Jesus'
death, it should be criticized. If it confines itself to
showing how an influential group of Jews at the time of
Jesus' death is to blame, it should not be criticized, "was
the Vatican's comment.
At the Pope's 84th birthday in May, his second
autobiography was published. The first part, which depicted
the pope's childhood and time as a young priest, was sold in
millions of copies. The second part describes the time from
the time that Karol Wojtyła (Pope's original name) became
An investigation into the Inquisition's activities during
the Middle Ages was published in June. The report stated
that the abuses, torture and murders committed by the
religious judicial network were not as widespread as is
generally said. According to the report, 1.8% of the
Inquisition's verdicts would have resulted in death. In
connection with the report, the Pope again apologized for
the Inquisitiveness and incorrect judgments.
In the fall, the Vatican City was accused of having
political ambitions when the first proposal on the European
Commissioner for Legal Affairs fell on Italian conservative
Catholic Rocco Buttiglione. Professor Buttiglinoe's view of
the role of women and of homosexuality as a sin caused great
outrage at a hearing in the European Parliament.
Buttiglione, who has close ties to the Pope, was accused of
incorporating the Vatican State's agenda into EU policy. The
Vatican, for its part, accused the EU of sticking with an
"anti-Catholic inquisition". Buttiglione was subsequently
replaced as a Commissioner.