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At Long Last, Pope Speaks Out About Safe-Sex & AIDS! Oh, Wait..

pope_benedict_xvi_4So, as you might have heard, using contraceptives significantly reduces your exposure to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The trick is, especially in Africa, where the virus has destroyed entire communities, educating people about condom use and convincing people that it’s not just smart to use condoms, it’s the moral thing to do. Enter Pope Benedict XVI, whose been silent on the issue of condom use. And what does he say? “You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms. On the contrary, it increases the problem.” And the infallible word of God can’t be wrong, right?

The AP has more on the Pope’s trip to Cameroon this week and the fun things he said about HIV:

“The pope said that a responsible and moral attitude toward sex would help fight the disease.

About 22 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are infected with HIV, according to UNAIDS. In 2007, three-quarters of all AIDS deaths worldwide were there, as well as two-thirds of all people living with HIV.

Rebecca Hodes with the Treatment Action Campaign in South Africa said if the pope is serious about preventing new HIV infections, he will focus on promoting wide access to condoms and spreading information on how best to use them.

“Instead, his opposition to condoms conveys that religious dogma is more important to him than the lives of Africans,” said Hodes, director of policy, communication and research for the action campaign.

While she said the pope is correct that condoms are not the sole solution to Africa’s AIDS epidemic, she said they are one of the very few HIV prevention mechanisms proven to work.

Even some priests and nuns working with those living with HIV/AIDS question the church’s opposition to condoms amid the pandemic ravaging Africa.

The Roman Catholic Church rejects the use of condoms as part of its overall teaching against artificial contraception.”

Maybe it’s time to start supplementing those “Silence=Death” posters with some “Dogma=Death” ones as well.

By:           Japhy Grant
On:           Mar 17, 2009
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  • 17 Comments
    • Latebrosus
      Latebrosus

      But what is the Pope’s logic (such as it may be) behind his claim? I would really like to know just why he thinks distributing condoms contributes to the spread of AIDS precisely because it’s such a bizarre conclusion!

      Mar 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • strumpetwindsock
      strumpetwindsock

      After his comments about protestantism and the other orthodox churches this is hardly a surprise. Too bad. I would have thought as a straight, celibate man he would have an insightful and relevant perspective on this issue.

      Would he rather see people resort to this ineffective solution?
      http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/264259
      http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/4/5/latest/16766Menaccuse&sec=latest

      I can only hope that his statement has no effect whatsoever on real efforts to deal with the pandemic.

      Mar 17, 2009 at 12:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • osocubano
      osocubano

      Another giant step toward his secret goal of destroying the Catholic Church…

      Mar 17, 2009 at 1:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mark Segal
      mark Segal

      You expect morals from the leader of the largest child molester organization in the world?

      Mar 17, 2009 at 1:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bobito
      bobito

      @osocubano: I’ve long suspected that the ultimate destruction of the Catholic Church was his secret goal. It would be a good thing, I only wish it weren’t taking so damn long – and I hate the fact that so many people will have to die in such a horrible way before this institution of inhumanity is rendered null and void.

      On the other hand, I agree with His Assholiness that “a responsible and moral attitude toward sex would help fight the disease”. Unfortunately, the Catholic Church’s attitude toward sex is neither responsible nor moral.

      Mar 17, 2009 at 2:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DairyQueen
      DairyQueen

      This pope is so out of touch with the real world. Anyone who follows this fool teaching and gives money to this cult is a useless sheep. I have zero respect for anyone who attends this cult. I have even loss a lot of respect to my liberal parent who still go every Sunday to listen to this bullshit

      Mar 17, 2009 at 4:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • andy_d
      andy_d

      Razi the nazi strikes again!

      Mar 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bob
      Bob

      The Pope is only infallible when he speaks from the seat of St. Peter, which no Pope has done since the early 1960s. Otherwise he’s just like every other religious leader. Ignore him when he says stupid shit like every Catholic with a brain does.

      Mar 17, 2009 at 10:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • getreal
      getreal

      As a christian this guy embarrasses me he is a moron and he is creepy looking. Pope John Paul was such a sweet looking old man.

      Mar 17, 2009 at 11:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • strumpetwindsock
      strumpetwindsock

      @Bob:
      Sounds like you’re arguing from the right wing of the church which didn’t recognize JPII. You are obviously a lot more familiar with it than I am, but aren’t you at least pleased that Benedict is moving the church in your direction?

      In my opinion, those boys didn’t have the greatest track record before 1960, either.
      You don’t even have to go back as far as the Borgias to find actions that weren’t exactly divinely-inspired.

      Mar 17, 2009 at 11:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HYHYBT
      HYHYBT

      @Latebrosus: I assume it’s the old abstinence-only argument: condoms make it less likely that you’ll catch something when you have sex, so if they’re available people will have more sex with more partners and disease still spreads. Whereas if everyone kept their pants on unless it was time to conceive a child with your one livelong partner, disease would disappear completely and the laundry’d never get done. Which is true enough on some very narrow and theoretical level, or even for an individual couple, but no one with a brain thinks enough of the population will go along with it for it to be practical by itself.

      Mar 18, 2009 at 1:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Devlin Bach
      Devlin Bach

      With religion being the biggest hoax ever played on mankind, i guess people who believe it, will have to also deal with the results. Either people are going to take hold of their lives, or die. Ignorance holds a heavy gun.

      Mar 18, 2009 at 4:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • osocubano
      osocubano

      @Devlin Bach:
      So, Benedict is well hung, huh?

      Mar 18, 2009 at 7:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Devlin Bach
      Devlin Bach

      PS Tho I must say, the Pope’s does have a staggering dress collection

      Mar 18, 2009 at 10:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • strumpetwindsock
      strumpetwindsock

      @Devlin Bach:
      That just gave me visions of the fashion show scene from Fellini’s “Roma”

      Mar 18, 2009 at 11:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charles J. Mueller
      Charles J. Mueller

      A new Broadway Musical named Nuns of Fun

      Hats by Spellman.
      Shoes by Dellman.
      Sisters of the Perpetual Indignation doing the Vatican Can can
      and featuring Mary Magadalane singing
      Get Me to the Cross on Time,
      It Only Hurts For a Little While and
      Throw Mama From the Cross a Kiss.

      Mar 18, 2009 at 3:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bill Perdue
      Bill Perdue

      Religion is the enemy.

      Mar 24, 2009 at 8:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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