On his first pontifical visit to Africa this week, Pope Benedict XVI set off another storm of controversy when he said that condoms were not only not the solution to the continent's Aids crisis but that they actually "make matters worse".
TPJ: That anyone believes the infallibility of the pope or even sees him as someone worth listening to on sexual matters is beyond me. What does the pope know of sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases being a celibate monk? Apparently he's even against married couples using condoms where one of the two might have HIV/AIDS, which is a cold, cruel, callous and unfair demand/judgment. It is a cruel lie that a person with HIV/AIDS can not still have and enjoy sex as long as one takes the precautions to use condoms. Decades of research have shown that the use of a condom is an effective way to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
The pope is placing millions of lives in danger through these statements as his pronouncement encourages Africans to have unprotected sex. A commentor on this story put it best I think when they said, "Telling somebody not to wear a condom is like telling them to take off their seatbelts doing 100 on a wet motorway." Humanitarian workers and activists have worked hard for decades to convince African men that wearing a condom doesn't reduce their masculinity and is a safeguard against HIV/AIDS. In years past African men have eschued condoms for traditional "medical" protections such as potions. I even heard of one story of African men thinking that they could get rid of HIV/AIDS by having sex with a virgin!! And that the younger the virgin the more potent the cure--yikes!!
Now all that progress made in getting men to wear condoms in Africa is in jeopardy with a statement from a person whom many Africans still believe is god's literal representative on Earth. African Catholics I've found seem more willing to believe what the pope says word for word than in say America, Europe and Australia and tend to be less educated overall. So I hope the pope will offer health care and shelter to Africans who believe his suicidal statement that condoms make the HIV/AIDS situation worse when they stop using them and surprise, surprise contract HIV/AIDS!!!
You'd think that the pope would support condom useage being someone who supposedly is for protecting human life. However, once again he has shown us how dangerous and damanging religion can be. And don't you think that Pope Benedict looks like Emperor Palpatine from the Star Wars movies? And increasingly he's acting like Emperor Palpatine. Thus, the picture I selected for this post above.
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