Some consider AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) a judgment from God. But Daniel G. Moreschi sees the curious disease as an unprecedented opportunity for the church to sway the nation’s morals.

Moreschi, 34, is director of development for the Institute for Immunological Disorders, which opened in Houston last September. The institute, affiliated with the University of Texas, is the first research/treatment facility in the world devoted exclusively to fighting AIDS. Today eight similar facilities operate in the U.S. Houston’s is by far the largest.

Moreschi is a professional hospital planner for American Medical International, which owns 100 health-care facilities nationwide. Much of his current work entails traveling in the U.S. and overseas to discuss the medical and social aspects of AIDS. When he has the opportunity, he talks about the spiritual ramifications of his work.

He notes that homosexuals now account for only 63 percent of AIDS cases, compared to about 90 percent just five years ago. He calls AIDS a disease of the promiscuous, and links this nation’s very survival to its will to abandon its obsession with promiscuity. The solution, he says, is “a fundamental change in our sex-driven society,” adding that the church must provide the spiritual force for such a revolution.

Moreschi notes that some 30,000 cases of AIDS have been reported in this country. He says that if the present pace of AIDS-related deaths continues, the syndrome will be the nation’s top killer by 1991. Outside the U.S., the number of people suffering from AIDS is estimated at 10 million.

But it was not staggering statistics that led to Moreschi’s crusade against the disease. Rather, it was helplessly ...

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