So, the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI, is in Africa. Not surprisingly, the guy planted foot firmly in mouth before he’d even landed in Cameroon, saying condoms are not the answer to the Aids epidemic in Africa.
“You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms,” the pope told reporters aboard the Alitalia plane heading to Yaounde. “On the contrary, it increases the problem.”
Now, I’m sure we’re all aware of the Catholic Church’s rigid and uncompromising stance on sex (abstain, abstain and abstain) and related issues. That’s alright, for those inclined to follow the moral leadership of Church doctrine, then abstinence is an obligation. Fine.
My problem comes when the head of this archaic and antiquated institution pontificates (ha!) about condom use in Africa, not on the basis of practical reality but on uncompromising religious doctrine.
This is the head of an institution that still refuses to let women lead congregations, insists that priests can’t marry and has shielded many a paedophile and covered up countless violated arses.
Granted, he was right that condoms aren’t the only solution, but the Catholic leadership needs to accept that proper condom use is one of the very few proven ways to prevent HIV infection and unwanted pregnancy.
This is the new millenium, and abstinence is both impractical and (in my opinion) stooopid. As a responsible leader, I think the best thing this Pope and his minions can do for his flock is to guide them not only on a spiritual level, but with a dose of realism as well.
If the two can’t be reconciled, then I think this dude is wasting his time and may as well hop back on a plane and play with his Hitler Youth memorabilia, cos dude is not helping anyone on this continent.
Go sort yourself out, then come back and lecture us about Aids. While you’re at it, enlighten us on how condom distribution “increases the problem” of Aids in Africa.
And lose the dodgy hat, you look like a TV alien.