Pope: Just Say 'No' to Condoms
As if reinforcing gender roles, blaming sex abuse within the Church on homosexuality, and rescinding the 20-year-old excommunication of a bishop who denies the Holocaust (while simultaneously supporting the excommunication of pro-choicers) weren’t enough…
While on a tour of Africa this week, Pope Benedict XVI said that condoms do not help the problem of HIV/AIDS; on the contrary, the distribution of condoms “increases the problem.” Wow. The Vatican’s moral stance on contraceptives (sex is for baby-making, so contraception is wrong) is not reason enough for a big-time religious leader to deny the efficacy of condoms as STI risk reducers. Not only is his claim scientifically unsupportable, it’s irresponsible and dangerous. As an extremely well known religious leader with a significant following, the pope should show a little more respect to at-risk individuals and communities, as well as his followers.
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