Catholics, Condoms and Controversies in the Context of South African AIDS Epidemic (1984-2005)


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The present study is a critical history of the Catholic Church’s response to HIV and Aids in South Africa, with a special emphasis on KwaZulu-Natal. It attempts to document and reflect on what the church said and did in responding to HIV and Aids between 1984 and 2005. It relies upon both oral and literary sources which were collected between 2006 and 2009. These comprise of oral testimonies of Catholic clerics, lay leaders, and administrators as well as archival sources in the form of correspondence letters, plenary session minutes, magazine articles, and project reports.

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July 2016

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Stephen Muoki Joshua PH.D. is a Senior Lecturer and a Chair of the Dept. of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Pwani Univerity (Kenya). He is also a Research Fellow for the Institute of Religion and Theology at the University of South Africa (Unisa). His research interests are in religious history, Oral History methodology and Religious Responses to epidemics such as AIDS. He has a specific interest in the analysis of the intersection between health and faith in Africa.