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pope benedict – out of touch, out of science

it’s hard to tell which is the bigger problem for pope benedict – is he so out of touch from the reality of the spread of AIDS/HIV in the world or is he so out of touch of science and medicine where studies have shown condoms do prevent the spread of AIDS/HIV.

i won’t dwell on the science of it, but to me it’s very simple logic – the condom is barrier. it prevents something outside from going inside and that includes the AIDS/HIV virus. it should work.

many of the criticism and in fact the reason why many catholics have stopped going to church and moved out of catholic church is the lack of relevance. the church has been complaining for years that church attendance is steadily going down and fewer and fewer males go into priesthood. most of the reason why that has happened is they feel the church is way out of touch from real life, so much so that it no longer provides anything relevant in their lives.

this is one good example of that.


Facebook users wage condom campaign against Pope

By Faith Karimi
 (CNN)— Critics took to the social networking site Facebook to voice their fury over Pope Benedict’s remark that condoms do not prevent HIV.

Thousands have pledged to send the pontiff millions of condoms to protest the controversial comment he made to journalists as he flew to Cameroon last week.

“You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms,” the pope told reporters. “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. The Vatican has long opposed the use of condoms and other forms of birth control and encourages sexual abstinence to fight the spread of the disease.

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.

The online campaign added another voice to a deluge of criticism, which includes the governments of France, Germany and Belgium. Aid agencies and other health organizations have also chimed in.

The Lancet, a British medical journal, urged the pope Saturday to issue a retraction for the “outrageous and wildly inaccurate” statement to journalists aboard his plane.

“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.”

read in full: http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/03/28/pope.condom.attacks/

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