No Word of AIDS, Fired Bishop Says


Dismissed French Bishop Jacques Gaillot on Thursday criticized Pope John Paul II's encyclical on the defense of life for failing to mention AIDS.

"One should recall that AIDS kills so many people and that condoms are the only effective existing means (of protection)," said Gaillot, who was dismissed last January after upsetting the Vatican with his liberal views.

Gaillot defied Vatican doctrine by urging the use of condoms to protect against acquired immune deficiency syndrome, speaking in favor of allowing priests to marry and calling for greater tolerance of homosexuality.

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