payback

Belgium’s Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard: AIDS Is What Mankind Gets For Butt Sex

 

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, appointed in January by Pope Benedict XVI to be the Roman Catholic Church’s leader in Belgium, tells readers in a new translation of his book that AIDS is basically payback for being disgusting sex-obsessed pervs.

The disease that claims about two million lives a year is “sort of inherent justice” for mankind’s “mistreatment of the profound nature of human love,” says Leonard, who used news of his archbishop appointment to say “homosexuality is not the same as normal sex, in the same way that anorexia is not a normal appetite.”

But maybe we’re all just misunderstanding the religious leader?

In a news conference Friday, he claimed his comments on AIDS had been misunderstood. “When we adopt a form of behaviour that is not right, there are consequences that let us know that it’s not correct,” he said in recorded comments posted on the church website on Friday. “At the beginning of this epidemic, if I’ve understood the scientific articles, there were risky practices, sex with multiple partners, anal relations instead of vaginal which allowed this proliferation to happen. So we can say, if we want to reason in that way, that nature is taking revenge if you don’t use your body correctly.”

Not that he doesn’t totally feel for you with HIV/AIDS!

The archbishop stressed that he had “sympathy” and “solidarity” for all AIDS suffers and the hope that they are “treated in the best possible conditions.” His comments on AIDS first appeared in a collection of interviews published in French in 2006. An updated Dutch-language edition was published on Thursday containing the same phrase translated, despite a warning from the Church spokesman that they would provoke a critical reaction. In the book, a journalist asks Leonard if he believes AIDS to be a punishment from God. He says no, but adds that just as nature reacts when we abuse the environment, “when we mistreat human love, it ends up perhaps getting its revenge”.

So not only is anal sex between two men (and, if you’ve got the right apparatus, two women) the cause of AIDS, but even dudes screwing their wives in the butt is what’s responsible for the virus.

We’re dumbfounded.

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