Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Pope: No condoms for you Africa!
In another surprising flash of genius Pope Benedict told reporters who were flying with him on his private plane: “You can't resolve it with the distribution of condoms,” speaking of the spread of HIV in Africa “On the contrary, it increases the problem.”
This surprisingly illuminated statement comes right after the Pope saw fit to reinstate a holocaust denying bishop and less than a year after issuing the Ten Commandments of Driving. I am honestly impressed at the stones on this guy making one bad call after another and flying around in his private jet. Here is a man who runs an organization so rich that it could probably treat every single aids patient and Africa, feed the poor and have every single corrupt dictator removed, but Benedict takes the time to talk about condoms.
I understand the churches stand among its followers that abstinence would be a better way to prevent the spread of this killer disease. The Pope however needs to understand, the harsh realities of Africa, where women are raped, sold and bought, where sex is often the only way to feed your children and where life expectancy is about the same as that of a decent stove.
I really hope that the Pope will meditate on what he says before he opens his mouth again. The Catholic church is gaining steam in Africa, it is growing faster there than anywhere else in the world, this message from Benedict is probably sentencing hundreds to death as they believe his word to be that of God. If they place their faith in this man, they might well stop using whatever condoms they have and hope that the Pope can save them.
I hope the Vatican invested in biotech and aids reaserch because at the rate of infection in Africa their new followers are dying faster than their "recruiters" can convert them.
(source for quotes Globe and Mail)