French Blast Pope's Anti-Condom Remarks
Condoms make Africa AIDS crisis worse, he had said
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Mar 18, 2009 3:14 PM CDT
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Vespers at the Mary Queen of Apostles Basilica in Yaounde, Cameroon, earlier today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Irked by Pope Benedict’s anti-condom remarks in Africa, the French foreign ministry today called them “a threat to public health policies and the duty to protect human life” and voiced “extremely sharp concern over the consequences,” the BBC reports. The pontiff said on the first day of his current visit that condom distribution worsens the AIDS crisis. The Vatican advocates abstinence instead.