Pope: Condoms Make AIDS Crisis Worse
On visit to Africa, pope makes first statement on their use
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 17, 2009 8:09 AM CDT
Cameroonian nuns look at a special edition magazine on the visit of Pope Benedict XVI as they wait for the start of rehearsals for Wednesday's Vespers ceremony with the pope.   (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

(Newser) – Condoms are not the answer to Africa's fight against AIDS, and in fact exacerbate the epidemic, Pope Benedict said at the start of a 7-day visit to the continent today. It's the first explicit statement about condoms from the pontiff, who has said that the Roman Catholic Church is at the forefront of the battle against AIDS. The Vatican encourages sexual abstinence to fight the spread of the disease.

"You can't resolve it with the distribution of condoms; on the contrary, it increases the problem," the pope said on the way to Cameroon, where he will begin a seven-day pilgrimage. Some priests and nuns working with those living with HIV/AIDS question the church's opposition to condoms amid the pandemic ravaging Africa. The pope also said today that he intends to make an appeal for "international solidarity" for Africa in the face of the global economic downturn.

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Mar 27, 2009 10:52 PM CDT
Thank you Pope Beingadick for making yourself a little less relevant and a little more out of touch. Knowing your church, you will change your mind as soon as it is clear that people are leaving your church over your unhealthy and socially retarded statements. The church has already changed its position on the physical nature of God and Jesus, evolution, the truthfulness of the Bible, and the historicity of Jesus's resurrection. All that is left is sex abuse (they protect it), homophobia (they've got it), and reproductive choice (they hate freedom). That is the only thing that separates a Catholic from an atheist at this point!
Mar 20, 2009 4:55 AM CDT
aint it great....something we all seem to agree on whithout really bumping heads...The pope is full of >>>>>>>?....lol
Mar 18, 2009 7:36 AM CDT
Woody, I'm your biggest fan.