Friday, November 21, 2014

Catholic Kenya

Interesting thoughts from religion editor John Allen regarding the recent Kenyan Bishops Conference statement on the Tetanus Vaccine Campaign that is causing sterilization in Kenyan women. Read the whole thing at Crux. 
First, this is not a crude clash between faith and science, since Catholic health care centers across Kenya participate fully in the national vaccination regime, including those to prevent tetanus. Instead, this is a targeted objection to one campaign.
The Catholic Church in Africa is by far the continent’s largest private health care provider, with the WHO estimating that somewhere between 30 and 70 percent of all health infrastructure in Africa is due to faith-based organizations. Catholic facilities also train a disproportionate share of the continent’s medical professionals. 
Second, this is not a mere tempest in a teapot, because Kenya is a bellwether Catholic nation in the early 21st century.

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