When the Red Cross supports chastity – Catholic World Report

While the American Red Cross supports sexual expression through condom distribution, it also values the virtue of chastity, at least regarding whose blood it will accept. I’m blessed to give blood, and I’m reminded every time I do that the Church teaches wisely on marriage and family—and, as the Catechism (CCC) summarizes, sexual matters in general (see CCC 2337ff). Consider some of the questions you need to answer correctly before you can donate to the Red Cross (or any other blood bank): In the past three months, have you had or been treated for syphilis or gonorrhea? (Q. 27); In the past three months, have you had sexual contact with a prostitute or anyone else who has ever taken money or drugs or other payment for sex? (Q. 19); In the past three months, have you had sexual contact with anyone who has ever used needles to take drugs or steroids, or anything not prescribed by their doctor? (Q. 20);ƒ In the past three months, have you received money, drugs, or other payment for sex? (Q. 37). If you can’t answer no to all of these questions, you cannot give blood. Period. If you attempt to circumvent the rules, the Red Cross has a safeguard to help ensure the integrity of each donation. That is, if your blood is found to have syphilis, gonorrhea, or HIV/AIDS, for example—as I’m told every time I donate—you will be put on a cannot-donate blood list, and the blood you’ve have donated will be promptly destroyed. The Red Cross rightly doesn’t want those in urgent need of blood to have health problems in addition to the ones they’re already experiencing. In effect, then, the Red Cross affirms the virtue of chastity, maintaining a policy that conveys that certain sexual choices are bad for maintaining a healthful blood-donation business.

When the Red Cross supports chastity – Catholic World Report

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