Venezuelan Catholic spokesman repeats the lie that condoms are no protection against HIV
EARLIER this month, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the planned launch of a group of factories to produce millions of rubber johnnies in his country. These are to be distributed by the Young People for the Homeland movement to protect the country from unwanted pregnancies.
The Catholic Church is apoplectic, and one of its representatives – Jose Villamizar, Education Director for the bishops’ conference of Venezuela, expressed his horror thus:
Installing a condom factory in Venezuela at best will lower the cost of a product, but at a great social cost.
He elaborated by saying that that sexuality is often confused with only “one of its components,” the genital expression.
To reduce sexuality to just the genital dimension is to strip it of its essence, as its components are biological, psychological, social and spiritual.
There’s more of this twaddle:
Young people can be taught quickly to use a condom, but:
In doing so, the other components, which are more important, are being overlooked.
By presenting condoms as a safe method for engaging in sexual relations without fear of pregnancy or sexually-transmitted diseases, Maduro’s campaign sends the message to young people that sex is merely for recreation, for relieving stress.
The truth is, condoms are not 100% effective and they do not protect against HIV. By not being informed about the real risks they are taking, in many cases young people are playing ‘Russian roulette’ and most of the time they don’t come away unharmed.
The more promiscuity there is, the greater the chance of becoming pregnant or getting an STD.
According to Wikipedia, 96 percent of the Venezuelan population is Catholic.
Meanwhile, it is reported here that Pope Frankie has admitted that there is a “gay lobby” within the Vatican, but failed explain precisely what they’re up to.
Organising trips to see Barbra Streisand (she’s doing two concerts in Cologne and Berlin on Friday)? Designing fabulous new frocks for the bishops? We really should be told.
Earlier reports in the Italian media suggested that gay Vatican clergymen had been working together to advance their personal interests, which could leave the Holy See vulnerable to blackmail.
Frankie also said there was a “stream of corruption” on his turf. The Vatican would have to “see what we can do” about the “gay lobby” operating in the bureaucracy, he said. “It is true, it is there,” he is reported as saying.
The Vatican has so far declined to make any comment regarding the Pope’s reported remarks, other than that the audience with the Latin American clerics was private.
An organisation representing the clerics, known by its Spanish acronym CLAR, has said it has apologised to the Pope for the publication of the report.
CLAR said in a statement that it:
Deeply regretted the publication of a text which refers to the conversation with the Holy Father.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn and Remigius (Gay Lobby report).