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March 30, 2009

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After what can only be called a rather uneducated statement last week in Africa about condoms and AIDS, Pope Benedict is about to get a message from the world.   The message will be millions of condoms coming his way.  The Vatican is going to paaarrrrttttyyyy!!

As most know by now Pope Benedict made a glaring error when he stated that condoms can’t stop HIV infection, but only increases the problem of infection.  It was a rather shocking statement, and void of any medical foundation.  But that never stops the Prada-wearing pope from making these types of outlandish and dangerous pronouncements.  After all the Catholic Church is shrinking in many areas of the world such as in Africa, and to make sure there are enough people to give money to build the massive churches and keep the Vatican supplied with ample funds all efforts must be continued to denounce contraceptive methods such as condoms.  It is that simple, and that immoral, all at the same time.  The pope needs to head to a confessional, and stay there for a while and repent and reflect.

So much anger was generated by the pope’s words that a response has been put in place on Facebook, with such groups as “Condoms For The Pope”which can be accessed with your Facebook account.  From there you can take action on this matter.

As CNN noted there is much anger around the world at the pope who seemed to not care about the health of the people who heard his words.

About a dozen Facebook groups have sprang up, mostly from European countries, criticizing the pontiff.

“The clergy aren’t supposed to have sex at all, but they are free to tell people how to conduct themselves? That’s like a girl who wears no make-up as the CEO of CoverGirl,” one member posted on the page, “Condoms for Pope Benedict XVI.”

“It frightens me that a man who has devoted his life to moral guidance … and is undeniably a learned, intelligent man can be at the same time so narrow-minded, bigoted and irresponsible,” posted another person on a different page.

One of the responses that made me smile was the message that Spain sent to the Vatican.

The day after Pope Benedict XVI spoke out against the use of condoms to fight AIDS in Africa, Spain announced plans to send 1 million condoms to the continent.

“Condoms have been demonstrated to be a necessary element in prevention policies and an efficient barrier against the virus, according to laboratory studies,” the health ministry said. “The objective is to advance the prevention of this epidemic, which affects 33 million people

2 Comments
  1. March 30, 2009 5:28 PM

    The issue is one where a condom provides almost full protection, and where the non-use of a condom provides NO protection.

    The proper use of a condom by the man in question in the comment above will not lead to his wife being infected. While there is no such thing as 100% for anything, the facts are on my side of this argument. If he feels that sexual intercouse is not that important in his mariage than he should refrain from it.

    But for the vast majority of the average sexually active people who read this let me clear about this.

    If you are not in such a relationship that removes sex, and desire to engage in sex, you should use a latex condom correctly every time you have sex.

    I can not be more clear than that. Screw the Pope on this, and do what is healthy and brain-smart!

    I stand with President Obama, and say that science matters. Facts matter. As such people can check out the Madison AIDS Network

    http://www.aidsnetwork.org/index.html

    or the Red Cross for the facts.

  2. March 30, 2009 5:07 PM

    That’s silly if the people on Facebook are going to send condoms to the Vatican, where they will just be thrown in the garbage, rather than sending them to Africa, where they are allegedly “needed.” Although I disagree with the approach of using condoms to fight AIDS because I believe it is not nearly as effective as conventional wisdom would suggest, I commend Spain for putting its money where its mouth is.

    This is an interesting article from the director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, which ultimately argues that condoms should be used only as a last resort, and abstinence and fidelity should be preferred. In many ways the real scientific research supports the Church, while it is the pro-condom position which is “faith-based.”

    http://www.firstthings.com/article.php3?id_article=6172

    Here is some other commentary on the subject from Ross Douthat, the soon-to-be NYT columnist.

    http://rossdouthat.theatlantic.com/archives/2009/03/the_aids_libel.php
    http://rossdouthat.theatlantic.com/archives/2009/03/the_church_aids_and_africa_con.php

    He correctly points out that while the Church should not exaggerate the failures or risks with condoms, it is certainly right to point out that there are failures and risks associated with them.

    I also recall an HIV-positive man who came in and spoke to my health class at Monona Grove High School, who said that he can’t have intercourse with his wife even WITH a condom because there is still a pretty big chance of infecting her.

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