Pope’s opposition to condoms hinders fight against AIDS

Pope’s opposition to condoms hinders fight against AIDS

Catholic countries in Africa are among the worst affected by AIDS, yet the Pope won’t budge on his church’s opposition condoms, still the best prevention against the spread of AIDS.

Writing for Slate after Francis yesterday completed a five-day visit to Africa, Sean Illing pointed out that the three countries the Pope visited – the Central African Republic (CAR), Uganda and Kenya – are all “heavily Catholic” and that CAR “has some of the highest HIV infection rates on the planet”.

The numbers, writes Illings are “staggering”.

In Kenya, something like 1,400,000 people are living with HIV – roughly 6 percent of the population between the ages of 15 and 49. And the rate of infection is significantly higher among young women. In Uganda, the numbers are worse, with close to 8 percent of the same population living with HIV. In Zambia, 13.5 percent of the adult population was identified as HIV-positive as far back as 2009. And the statistics are similarly awful in many other countries in the region.

Shamefully, the Catholic Church has refused to revise its regressive social policies in the face of this crisis. The church continues to serve itself, however, spreading its message and its influence wherever it can, but the enormous suffering wrought by its immoral preachments are not sufficient to provoke change it seems.

Illing commented:

Religions are bundles of ideas and superstitions. Some of these ideas are false but useful, many more are false and dangerous. When the dangerous ideas are codified in official doctrines and institutions, they become positively corrosive. And the result is usually needless human suffering.

Perhaps the most glaring example of this can be seen today in Central Africa, where the Catholic Church continues to preach the sinfulness of condom use. Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing a devastating HIV and AIDs epidemic, and Catholic prohibitions on contraception are quite literally killing people.

Pope Francis has endeared himself to many on the Left. He’s spoken courageously about the ethics of climate change and he’s said some encouraging – and progressive – things about LGBT people. But this is one issue where he has remained suspiciously silent, and he should be condemned repeatedly for it.

19 responses to “Pope’s opposition to condoms hinders fight against AIDS”

  1. L.Long says:

    The pope is a dimwit! Its the people that listen to his and other religious BS that is at fault. The RCC will NOT CHANGE!!! So like many USA women that ignore the pope and use contraceptives, everyone else should also ignore him.

  2. Cali Ron says:

    Let me be the first here to condemn the man in the cloak and silly hat who goes by pope. Sacraficing lives in God’s name just to fill the pews and coffers. Immoral!

  3. christine myers says:

    The Pope may wear a Holy condom when he’s laid out for burial after he’s dead. Its to stop him leaking.
    Unless the Holy Vatican City wants a smell in the air.
    What’s wrong with a Blessed condom

  4. John Humpf says: … watch Hitchens demolish the rcc on this point and many many others. Watch and marvel at how the rcc still gets away with evil dogma.

  5. AgentCormac says:

    This is nothing short of a crime against humanity. Can you imagine the outcry if any other mainstream organisation in the western world was to insist that its members must never wear a seatbelt while driving or they will be burned alive for ever if they do? Absolute bloody disgrace.
    (Sorry,that analogy isn’t nearly harsh enough, but it’s the best I can think of right now. Anybody got a better one?)

  6. James Thompson says:

    This pope is Lipstick on a Pig. Says some nice stuff, but does nothing

  7. barriejohn says:

    This is only the half of it. He has also said that HIV infection is a “small” problem, and not worth concerning ourselves with!

  8. barriejohn says:

    Foreign Policy magazine has named Pope Francis one of the world’s leading 100 “Global Thinkers” of 2015. Be prepared for more of this bullshit as the year nears its end.!stewards/detail/pope-francis

  9. 1859 says:

    How does that song go?
    “Every sperm is sacred, every sperm is great,
    For every sperm that’s wasted god gets quite irate.”

    Clearly Frankie thinks it’s better to spread a preventable disease than waste those ‘divine’ sperms.

    p.s. When I was younger I once watched – fascinated – my own sperm beneath my microscope – swimming little bastards, some going round and round in circles , some powering ever forwards. However, there was nothing ‘divine’ about them – one drop of cold water killed them instantly. I would suggest Frankie should do the same – have a little wankie and then he might see there’s nothing so special about them.

  10. Robster says:

    Gees, you’d think the old pope Frank would be keen that his sheep survived rather than die from an easily preventable infection, but no.Does the silly little man pretend to be an idiot or perhaps he just is, no pretence required.

  11. Gerald says:

    Pope Francis is a global thinker … He is always thinking how to expand his very lucrative Global Extortion and Pedophile crime syndicate. It’s a tough job exploiting the media continuously and travelling all over the place in order to maintain the godly facade. The job is a real pain in the arse for an old man … as are the priests are for their juvenile victims.

  12. Brian Jordan says:

    The old twerp said the HIV was a small problem compared to environmental destruction and malnutrition. Is he too thick to see that the rcc stance on contraception contributes not only to the spread of HIV but by encouraging overpopulation contributes to those other problems as well?

  13. Bill says:

    Catholics practicing sex before marriage or sex outside of marriage are already violating church doctrine, so prohibitions against condom use would matter little to them. Being a faithful Catholic obviates the need for condoms for disease prevention. For the pope to encourage condom use he would have to allow that sex outside of marriage is okay to be consistent.

  14. Stephen Mynett says:

    Bill,I am unsure of your motives for this post but the argument is so flawed it seems to be in support of mad Frankie.
    There are ways of becoming infected with HIV other than sex, also someone who has been sexually assaulted is not guilty of wilfully having sex outside of marriage and could be infected by the assailant, plus remarriage for widows/widowers is allowed but they could have been infected by an unfaithful partner.
    These people should not be forced to risk infecting their partners.

  15. Bill says:

    To answer Stephen:
    My motivation was to join the discussion. I didn’t realize I was presenting an “argument”, or that who the particular pope of the moment is mattered. You can place hope in Frankie, but the show will go on. I must admit after reading the first several responses to the article here ( essentially:”The pope is a dimwit!”, “The Pope may wear a Holy condom when he’s laid out for burial”,”This pope is Lipstick on a Pig”…”, I just skippped to the end and typed in my thought of the moment. Yes, there are other ways to become infected with HIV other than sex, but this topic is specifically about using condoms, so I assumed they were talking about sex. I fail to see how an assailant will be influenced in any way by the pope’s policy on condom use, to address your next concern. Your last point about remarriage seems valid, if only those big Vatican doors could open a crack for that.
    If everyone were virgins at marriage, faithful through marriage, and abstinent until remarriage, the incidence of STDs would plummet. In such a world, pigs will fly and original sin will go away.

  16. Stephen Mynett says:

    You are missing the point, not deliberately i hope.

    I am not talking about influencing those who commit sexual violence, I am talking about those who are affected by it being able, should they wish, to carry on an active sex life with their partner after becoming involuntarily infected by a criminal act.

    The last point is, not seems, valid, remarriage of widows/widowers is acceptable to the church. In all the circumstances I described it was about an innocent party becoming infected through no fault of their own, that should not debar them from having sex with a partner they have been loyal to but if they have been infected, a condom is the only option to protect their partner.

    Yes, I am talking about sex but the right of those to enjoy sex who, through no fault of their own, are infected. The pope for failing to do anything about this deserves all the scorn he gets.

  17. Gerald says:

    Here’s a gem of information that clearly shows the rcc to be a truly abominable organisation.

    In Ireland, legal condom sales were allowed for the first time in 1978.

    Isn’t that disgraceful.

  18. Dennis says:

    Having been raised in a baptist home, I have been advised that catholics can just go to confessional and fix all maters of sinfulness,oh that’s not true. sorry for wishing Catholics where all in the game and new the secret. So my sick wife and i could not enjoy sex because a god loving pope could be so mean.