scmo_banner_news.jpg


| 23rd November 2004 | Modified: 16th October 2014 | Christianity, News Releases | Seen 27 times | Liked 0 times

23 November
Nov 23
23rd November 2004

Cardinal reacts to STI statistics  

23 November 2004  

Commenting on the release today of NHS figures showing a 40 percent increase in cases of Chlamydia since 1999, a 63 percent rise in syphilis cases and a 19 percent increase in the number of people with gonorrhoea, Cardinal Keith O'Brien said;  

" These appalling statistics make very uncomfortable reading and highlight how urgently behavioural change is needed. As long as we teach our young people sexual mechanics rather than sexual morality such devastating figures will remain as a dismal reminder of our failure."  

"While some of the increase may be explained by greater awareness and testing, we should not delude ourselves into thinking that the underlying trends are not worsening. An increase in the level of infection - particularly in the 15-25 age group, is especially saddening."  

"I am particularly concerned at the Information Services Division's statement which states, 'A few of the GUM clinics have been experiencing difficulties in submitting data to ISD. Problems were particularly pronounced in Lothian, and the missing data has therefore been imputed by substituting data from nearby months. This means that some of the Lothian data in the years 2001 and 2002 may be slightly inaccurate'.  
In view of the high profile of the 'Health Respect' demonstration project operating in the Lothians it seems quite worrying that this is the one area in Scotland where detailed and accurate statistics are not fully available."  

Cardinal O'Brien concluded;  

"Once again I urge the Scottish Executive to reconsider the sexual health strategies which have created this disastrous situation. I ask Ministers to accept that improvements in Scotland's sexual health will not come about without promotion of the institution of marriage, the basic building block of our society and a willingness to pilot abstinence-based approaches on the basis that prevention will always be better than cure."  

ENDS  


Peter Kearney  
Director  
Catholic Media Office  
5 St. Vincent Place  
Glasgow  
G1 2DH  
0141 221 1168  
pk@scmo.org  
www.scmo.org  

Posted by . You can also subscribe to email updates.

Like   Back to Top   Seen 27 times   Liked 0 times

Subscribe to Updates

If you enjoyed this, why not subscribe to free email updates ?

Subscribe to News updates

Enter your email address to be notified of new posts:

Subscribe to:

Alternatively, you can subscribe via RSS

‹ Return to News

We never share or sell your email address to anyone.

I've already subscribed / don't show me this again

Recent Posts

Scottish Bishops offer thanks to Nuncio

| 20th January 2017 | Blogging

His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini, who has served as Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain since December 2010, has been appointed by Pope Francis to serve in the Holy See Secretariat of State and will take up his new post in Rome next month.   Reacting to the announcement, Archbishop Phi...

Bishop pays tribute to former MP who became a Priest

| 24th December 2016 | Blogging

24 December 2016   Bishop pays tribute to former MP who became a Priest.   Bishop William Nolan, the Bishop of Galloway has paid tribute to Fr. George Thompson who died peacefully yesterday (23 December 2016) aged 88 at Senwick Nursing Home in Borgue.   Bishop Nolan said: “Fa...

Archbishop Tartaglia urges DWP to reconsider Job Centre closures

| 14th December 2016 | Blogging

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia has expressed concern at a proposal to close half of Glasgow’s job centres.   &...

Appointment of Baroness Helen Liddell as Chair of Independent Review Group

| 05th December 2016 | Blogging

Monday 5 December 2016   The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has today announced that Baroness Helen Lidde...