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Venezuelan Catholic spokesman repeats the lie that condoms are no protection against HIV

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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: CondomCartoon2

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).

17 responses to “Venezuelan Catholic spokesman repeats the lie that condoms are no protection against HIV”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    They lie about condoms. They lie about the nature of marriage. They lie about eternal life. They lie about being resurrected from the dead. They lie about the virgin birth. They lie about the existence of hell. They lie about raising from the dead. They lie about walking on water. They lie about healing the sick. They lie about the existence of angels. They lie about the existence of a devil. They lie about turning water into wine. They lie about wine being Jesus’ blood. They lie about wafers being Jesus’ flesh. They lie about heaven. They lie about ‘sin’ being forgiven. They lie about ‘sin’, full stop. They lie about penance. They lie about the power of prayer. They lie about forgiveness. They lie about divine intervention. They lie about salvation. They lie about damnation. They lie about the age of the Earth. They lie about the creation of the universe. They lie about original sin. They lie about Mother Teresa. They lie about saints. They lie about the wealth they possess. They lie about their involvement with fascist regimes. They lie about the truth. They lie about just about everything. But above all they lie about the fact that there is a god at all.

    Liars. Hateful bastard liars.

  2. tony e says:

    AgentCormac,

    I hate to have to correct you but the statement ‘They lie about just about everything’ is incorrect.

    You included the word ‘just’.

  3. Matt+Westwood says:

    “Maduro’s campaign sends the message to young people that sex is merely for recreation, for relieving stress.”

    And so it can be. It’s a way of relieving boredom, it’s a way of asserting your adulthood, and it’s what often happens when you get naked with someone who turns you on. Does it always *have* to be anything else?

  4. Har Davids says:

    Is the ‘genital dimension of sexuality’ what most people mean when they use the word ‘fuck’? I’m glad to know that many Catholics don’t give a hoot about the advice of these old virgins, or kiddy-fiddlers. Sex for procreation is a big waste of time, there are too many of us, let’s just fuck for fun.

    And Cormac, please relax. Lying is the core-business of every religion.

  5. JohnMWhite says:

    Once more the Catholic Church complains about a social cost to something without elaborating as to what that might be. As with gay marriage magically undermining heterosexual marriages, trying to lower the risk of pregnancy, illness and death for young people having sex is somehow going to cause something terrible to happen.

    And there’s the barefaced lie about condoms being useless against AIDS, because the church cannot restrain itself to just making vague predictions of doom, it has to make sure to put its followers in a position that might cause them genuine harm.

  6. Robster says:

    What a bunch of silly nasty old men, gaily dressed up in robes and silly hats, overseeing the worlds least productive organisation, having the gall to lecture the rest of us on morality and ugh…health care. Why are these f*ckers given a platform? I do suppose that every time they or their corporation opens its/their mouth, the tripe that emerges is another nail in the coffin of that church’s marginal credibility, thank the baby jesus and the holy spook that they, the ‘leaders’ of the catholic club are dim witted twits that are slowly shooting themselves in the/their foot.

  7. ExPatriot says:

    I would add a comment but those before me said exactly what I think about the rcc. To me the rcc makes the mafia look like the good guys

  8. barriejohn says:

    Another bishop lecturing the “plebs” about their profligate living!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2339971/Baby-boomers-society-Bishops-verdict-lucky-generation.html

  9. Angela_K says:

    Sorry if this has been posted before. “Priest Off” http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Kc9RH1AhS6U

  10. sailor1031 says:

    If there is a social cost to using condoms let it be borne by those who use the condoms – not by those who (supposedly) have no need for them. Remember the words of Father Guido Sarducci:

    “You no playa da game – you no makea da rules”.

    As for a gay lobby in the vatican? Well, good! Doesn’t bother me a bit. What bothers me is child rape, felony concealment, money laundering, involvement in murder, promotion of genocide, interference in government policy-making, denial of proper medical services, hatred of women, exploitation of the poor……

    A jewish prophet once said “by their fruits you shall know them”. For once he was right.

  11. Daz says:

    by their fruits you shall know them

    So if a hetero couple have a non-hetero child…

  12. sailor1031 says:

    @Daz: happens all the time. Every non-hetero or hetero child must have been begotten the same way. Even artificial insemination works the same way – sperm fertilizes ovum…..but the jewish prophet was only talking about other prophets – such as the catholic clergy who love to tell you what doG’s will is for you.

  13. Broga says:

    There is a lot of envy, hypocrisy and resentment behind the comments of these preaching, hectoring RCs. The most apoplectic have probably lost the residue of whatever faith they still had. Imagine, they have spent decades having given up, to a greater or lesser extent, sex, partners, family and they are now confronted daily, as they never were in the past, the criticism of sceptics chipping away at their beliefs. The deal was that in return for celibacy, or the nearest the could get to it, they enter heaven.

    Then that fantasy cannot be sustained. Younger priests are leaving in droves and there are even signs that Papa and Co might discover that God accepts the non celibacy law. These men have seen a life wasted in frustration, guilt and envy. Of course they are going to howl, hector and damn in an effort to ensure that others endure the same frustration as they did in their miserable lives.

  14. 1859 says:

    @ACormac – the sad thing is so many around the world believe these ridiculous lies. And if you, even mildly,challenge this delusional claptrap, you find yourself being called Lucifer in disguise and these believers cast into the devil’s nasty shit house – which, of cousre, exists only in their heads. I’ve often found that when I openly criticise believers, their apoplectic response only drives them DEEPER into their own delusions – and the list of lies you gave, is seen as even more true. I think we are better off exposing the sex scandals, hypocracy and misconduct of the churches than openly going for the juggular.

  15. Ryan morrigan says:

    If you have sex your penis will fall off and land in a dimension populated entirely by dogs that will eat it.

  16. Marky Mark says:

    (“gay lobby” within the Vatican)
    …I personally feel that the church was a place for gays to hide from society centuries ago to escape persecution. This is why the celibacy doctrine was adopted. They needed an excuse for all those men and women living together unmarried…so they became married to god.
    This is hypocrisy at it worst as their hateful deflective comments against gays endangers fellow humans with the same sexuality…and eventually becoming infiltrated by pedophile personalities as they too found the church a place to hide, and a surplus of their desires. Especially in the church run Orphanage.

    I also believe repressing the sexual instinct to reproduce cannot be repressed by simply preying among most humans…so they took advantage of what was available to them without exposing their humanly weakness of desire…children.