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The pope joins the ranks of Tony Perkins

                     and James Dobson  


Late again. The Vatican always comments on things so late in the game that you wonder why it bothers at all. Any important statement by the Vatican on AIDS should have been made in 1982 or at the latest in 1984. Then again, what can you expect from a spiritual guide that apologizes to Galilleo for putting him under house arrest (because of his solar-centric theory) 400 years after the fact? The Vatican also dragged its heals during the Holocaust at the cost of a great many lives. When John XXIII, Paul VI and John-Paul I uttered words about change, all the prelates recoiled in horror! (Note: the death of John-Paul is still questioned to this day). Now it comments on something killing people by the millions trying to prove prevention techniques are not effective:

Pope: Condoms not the answer to fighting AIDS

By The Associated Press
03.17.2009 12:33pm EDT

Pope Benedict XVI said Tuesday that the distribution of condoms is not the answer in the fight against AIDS in Africa. Benedict has never before spoken explicitly on condom use although he has 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. "You can't resolve it with the distribution of condoms,"- the pope told reporters aboard the Alitalia plane headed to Yaounde, Cameroon. "On the contrary, it increases the problem."-

Some priests and nuns working with victims of the AIDS pandemic ravaging Africa question the church's opposition to condoms.

The pope also said that he intends to make an appeal for "international solidarity"- for Africa in the face of the global economic downturn.

Since Africa has lately become what the Americas were back in the 16th century, the Church espouses abstinence and "legitimacy" (Roman Catholic marriage) to burgeoning countries with big, healthy, Catholic convert populations. Might it be that Benedict wants to get a sizable share of the continent before Rick Warren goes for the gold (South Africa)? Maybe. So what if people die because their country's prevention programs were not good. The moral righteousness of the Roman Catholic Church must be maintained. It's picking itself up from child abuse scandals, dusting itself off, and standing proudly erect for morality. A rather warped morality, but a morality nonetheless.


This morality comes from an arch-conservative mind that started out in life as a Hitler Youth and wound up (before the papacy) becoming the prefect of The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, previously known as the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Universal Inquisition (wikipedia) Isn't it ironic that a German Hitler Youth should become head of the Inquisition?

What theologian and scholar Hans Kung wrote about the papacy of John-Paul II would be doubly applicable to the current one:

A mediocre, rigid, and more conservative episcopate will be the lasting legacy of this papacy.

He could also have said avaricious, hidebound, narrow minded and fascist. Perhaps Kung's most famous quote applies to Benedict as well:

"There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions. There will be no peace among the religions without dialogue among the religions."

I seriously doubt that Benedict will initiate any serious dialogue with anyone who goes up against his stance on condoms and abstinence.  

Just a thought.

 

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I'd rather see a good explanation why condoms ... by Han on Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 2:39:09 PM
In Africa, women are not the decision-makers when ... by daveys on Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 2:48:52 PM
His Holiness speaks with authority in matters of t... by Walter Barton on Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 7:11:29 PM
Thank you for your reply, Walter. It was well thou... by Dan Vojir on Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 11:42:05 PM
one should never claim to be an expert in what you... by robert braunstein on Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 3:13:19 PM
on the Pope's head would solve a lot of proble... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 4:52:51 PM
The idea of this old fool making such a statement ... by virginius "gin" arnold on Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 5:25:43 PM
There are 68,000,000 practicing Catholics in Ameri... by WML on Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 11:45:48 PM
After reading your comments, I looked up some of t... by Walter Barton on Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 5:31:24 PM
The papal comments are all about nwo, economic dom... by Cinderfella on Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 5:15:32 AM