Catholics defend Pope’s controversial comments on condoms and AIDS in Africa

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While many moderate Catholics are disappointed with the Pope’s recent statements that condom use is aggravating the AIDS epidemic in Africa, others have rushed to his defense.

Channel 4 anchor Jon Snow interviews Catholic blogger Joanne Bogle and Dr. Rachel Baggaley of Christian Aid on the Pope’s recent comments. Watch as Bogle becomes increasingly unhinged, finding it necessary to shout “her facts” over everyone else.

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On our side of the pond, Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League, also defends the Pope’s position.

“If condoms were the answer, then why is it that New York City, which under Mayor Michael Bloomberg has given away tens of millions of free condoms, has an HIV rate three times the national average? Furthermore, the promiscuous distribution of condoms in New York has coincided with a spike in sexually transmitted diseases of all sorts. Isn’t it time we learned that condom worship is irrational?

“Anyone who thinks that condom distribution, education and/or research is going to solve a problem which is mostly a function of behavioral recklessness is positively clueless. Not only that, such persons unwittingly contribute to the problem by diverting attention and resources away from that which works.”

Condom worship? Really? And perhaps you should also divert some attention and resources into ferreting out pedophile priests, Mr. Donohue.

Post by ILO on 03/20/09 at 11:06 am