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 total population in Holy See is 812 people in 2020. 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 bishop.
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.