File this under ‘Religion has nothing to do with morality’–
Some religions have a problem with a vaccine that, when dosed appropriately early enough, virtually eliminates risk of cervical cancer, as virtually all cervical cancer is caused by HPV. Its even better if males get the vaccine as well, not only because if fewer males get HPV, fewer males can transmit HPV to females– but also because the HPV vaccine might protect against non-cervical HPV cancers (which males can get).
I wish I was making this up, but some religions reject the HPV vaccine because it will turn little girls (its better to get the vaccine when you are young) into sluts:
“If we don’t attempt to change sexual behaviour that is responsible for transmission of the HPV, but attempt to solve the problem by getting a series of shots, then we don’t have to exercise self-control, nor develop virtue, but can use medicine to palliate our vices,” he [Bishop Frederick Henry] said in an email.
I assume The Bishop is also against cholesterol/blood-pressure medication, liver/lung transplants, treating colon or skin cancers, you know, medicine that ‘palliates’ vices like over eating, drinking, smoking, and getting a sunburn.
Well professional Catholics are entirely out of touch with reality– who cares what some bishop thinks, right?
This ‘some bishop’ has been whispering in the ears of the educational board of the Catholic schools in Calgary. I dont know much about Canadian schools, but I guess there are a series of religious schools in Canada that run off of public money.
Most of these schools have bucked the ‘Catholic’ rules and provided HPV shots for their students (kids are more likely to get all of the shots they need if theyre done at school– Mom/Dad doesnt have to take off work, they dont have to have a car or get a taxi or ride a bus or get an appointment– kid just has to show up at school).
Not Calgary. Cause of The Bishop:
“In the letters from the physicians to the trustees, the word ‘children’ is used three times at least per letter. In the letters of response from the trustees they use the word ‘bishop’ three times per letter,” said Juliet Guichon, an assistant professor in community health sciences at the University of Calgary.
Thats just a roundabout way of saying the healthcare providers care about the children, and the school trustees care about The Bishop. More:
“They have delegated their decision making to a non-elected official without expertise in evidence-based medicine or public health.”
Vaccination advocates said studies have found no correlation between the HPV vaccine and increased promiscuity.
“What we see anecdotally is that the children don’t jump into bed, they go out for recess. It’s hard to debate this because it’s not grounded in evidence or rationality,” Ms. Guichon said.
Guichon from a different article:
Dr. Juliet Guichon, whose family has been part of the Catholic system for decades, said the board’s stand is unconscionable.
When asked recently which school board she would fund, “I said don’t send my taxes to the Catholic system — I can’t support this, I’ve seen what do to a family without a mother,” said Guichon, who counts a close friend who attended the system who died from cervical cancer.
She said the worst medical consequences of the trustees’ opposition likely wouldn’t be seen for 15 years “and where will Bishop Henry be then?”
What is The Bishops response to this?
He [The Bishop] also suggested criticizing the decision [his decision] is a waste of time.
“Why don’t they spend their time trying to figure out an alternate way and site to vaccinate children?” he said. “Instead they would rather demonize those who don’t agree with their approach.”
He is in a position of influence, against the HPV vaccine (but not other medical interventions for other ‘vices’) for other people/their children, and he just doesnt understand why-oh-why these healthcare professionals are ‘demonizing’ him. ‘Just go someplace else’ he says to families that might not be able to go someplace else.
Id say he was a vicious, clueless, little man, but hes a Catholic Bishop, so…