There is fury over Pope Benedict’s remark that condoms do not prevent HIV. While on a trip to Africa he told reporters that condoms would not resolve the AIDS problem but, on the contrary, increase it. The statement was condemned by France, Germany and the U.N. agency charged with fighting AIDS as irresponsible and dangerous.
In Cameroon last week, the pope told reporters :
“You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms,” “On the contrary, it increases the problem.”
Pope Benedict XVI has made it clear he intends to uphold the traditional Catholic teaching on artificial contraception. As a result, Facebook groups have evolved criticizing the pontiff.
Who else is upset with the Pope’s message?
The British medical journal the Lancet, urged the pope to issue a retraction for the “outrageous and wildly inaccurate” statement .
“When any influential person, be it a religious or political leader, makes a false scientific statement that could be devastating to the health of millions of people, they should retract or correct the public record,” The Lancet said in an editorial.
“Anything less from Pope Benedict would be an immense disservice to the public and health advocates, including many thousands of Catholics, who work tirelessly to try and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide.”
It wasn’t too long ago that Pope Benedict XVI was under fire over his embracing of a Holocaust-denying bishop . Some are now asking, is this Pope relevent?
The AIDS virus infects an estimated 33 million people globally, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, and has killed 25 million.
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