Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Don't Call A Plumber For Policy Advice & Don't Get Sex Education From The Pope.

From the UK's Timesonline:

The Pope courted further controversy on his first trip to Africa today by declaring that condoms were not a solution to the AIDS epidemic – but were instead part of the problem.

In his first public comments on condom use, the pontiff told reporters en route to Cameroon that AIDS "is a tragedy that cannot be overcome by money alone, and that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems".

Pope Benedict has previously stressed that the Roman Catholic Church is in the forefront of the battle against AIDS. The Vatican encourages sexual abstinence to fight the spread of the disease.

He said the "traditional teaching of the Church" on chastity outside marriage and fidelity within it had proved to be "the only sure way of preventing the spread of HIV and Aids".

Strangely, the Pope didn't cite the classic abstinence parable of the chaste priest and his captive flock of intimidated altar boys in his latest fictional morality tale. 


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