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Pope Benedict: Condom Distribution Will Fuel AIDS Epidemic

Pope Benedict is a very dangerous man setting policies that will be responsible for many, many deaths:

Benedict "Benedict said that the Roman Catholic Church is in the forefront of the battle against AIDS. 'You can't resolve it with the distribution of condoms,' the pope told reporters aboard the Alitalia plane headed to Yaounde. 'On the contrary, it increases the problem.' The pope said that a responsible and moral attitude toward sex would help fight the disease. About 22 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are infected with HIV, according to UNAIDS. In 2007, three-quarters of all AIDS deaths worldwide were there, as well as two-thirds of all people living with HIV."

How does the Catholic Church dare call itself "pro-life"?

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  1. why doesn't this old fart dissipate like regular farts do. he is more dangerous to the world than anything he rails against.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 17, 2009 4:26:18 PM

  2. The responsible and moral approach is to distribute condoms to prevent the spread of a deadly disease, not to mention millions of unwanted pregnancies.

    The irresponsible and immoral approach is to jet around in ermine-lined capes pontificating [literally!] based on power hungry ruler's interpretations of stories written 2,000 years ago by people who may or may not have witnessed events that may or may not have happened.

    The pope may be the leader of the Roman Catholic Church but that doesn't make him a moral leader.

    Posted by: Ted | Mar 17, 2009 4:27:44 PM

  3. Organized religion has done nothing but cause strife in humanity. Wars, discrimination, hatred in the name of "our father" and pure ignorance. People need to start thinking for themselves. Throw organized religion to the curb!

    Posted by: CJ | Mar 17, 2009 4:48:44 PM

  4. Pope Benedict, leading the church into the century. The 11th century.

    Posted by: MikeMick | Mar 17, 2009 4:56:53 PM

  5. I thought the Popes had to have some kind of intelligence to get the position...? This guy is a fucking idiot. I've said it before and I'll say it again:


    Posted by: johnny | Mar 17, 2009 4:57:21 PM

  6. What do you expect, the man is headed to Africa? These are the people who are trying to get homosexuality "outlawed" [and keep on trying to protect pedophiles.] They care neither for the dead or living. In this day and age what intelligent human being REALLY believes that abstinence only is the solution to the problem? Lump the man into the same category as AIDS denialists. Reason and science keep getting tossed out the window FAR too infrequently these days. Too bad an election can't reverse this man's policies.

    Posted by: PSA | Mar 17, 2009 5:02:08 PM

  7. Isn't it time to get rid of the Pope and all that antiquated bullshit?

    Posted by: Bobby | Mar 17, 2009 5:04:17 PM

  8. Methinks the man needs another condom shower.

    Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Mar 17, 2009 5:09:32 PM

  9. He's just bringing the Final Solution into the 21st century, focused on all those darkies in Africa and DC.

    Posted by: David R. | Mar 17, 2009 5:09:35 PM

  10. As an ex-Catholic I'm so glad to have rejected the morally bankrupt and anti-Christian teaching of the Catholic leadership. Looking at this picture on this blog, Ratzinger is clearly evil; not a single look of goodness in him.

    It's a shame, as he has the authority to change the world for the better. Biblically speaking he's in for the worst punishment of all, saved for those "leaders" who push their flock away from God.

    Posted by: Henry | Mar 17, 2009 5:10:26 PM

  11. Sad.

    Posted by: Kurt | Mar 17, 2009 5:14:05 PM

  12. If there were a God, this act of moral cowardice and willful ignorance by the pope would surely earn his/her wrath…

    I think butt boils would be appropriate … or frogs. Yes, a plague of frogs in his underwear. That sounds about right :-)

    Posted by: ButchSF | Mar 17, 2009 5:19:11 PM

  13. I struggle to understand how someone who by definition is celibate can have any knowledge or authority on the subject. It's absolutely ludicrous. (I hate to admit that I almost spelled that ludacris....curses pop culture!)

    Posted by: mrmnyc | Mar 17, 2009 5:27:17 PM

  14. Okay, so "a responsible and moral attitude toward sex would help fight the disease." Yeah it WOULD, but we don't have that, do we? At least not the way you mean it, padre, so how about another plan? One that might actually fight the disease.

    Posted by: BoxerDad | Mar 17, 2009 5:32:01 PM

  15. The more nonsensical crap that comes out of this asshats mouth, the more reasonable people will be driven away from the catholic church. It's just a tragedy that in the meantime 100s of thousands, if not millions, will die.

    The church becomes more and more irrelevant by the day, leaving only the weak, deranged, and desperate as 'followers'....and that's equally sad.

    Posted by: Gregus | Mar 17, 2009 5:38:52 PM

  16. The Pope should certainly be bashed for all these things, but let's not bash all organized religion. There are peaceful, organized religions out there, like Unitarian Universalists (of which I consider myself one).

    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 17, 2009 5:38:53 PM

  17. The Catholic Church is morally bankrupt.
    The Prada- shorn little-man is so completely full of hypocrisy -it is difficult to reconcile on how many topics he and his brethren are just plain wrong. The little man's missives are irrelevant and tedious.
    The belief that a celibate cabal can speak to any matters of human sexuality is laughable.

    Posted by: Nick | Mar 17, 2009 5:40:42 PM

  18. Keep it up, I say! The more stupid he sounds, the better it will ultimately be for the world when organized religion disappears because people wise-up to the idiocy required in believing this hocus pocus.

    Posted by: Alex | Mar 17, 2009 5:41:35 PM

  19. Alex : you are spot on ! Hocus Pocus ! But aren't you exhausted just listening to all this same old bullshit ? And yeah, morally bankrupt, Nick, with the whole sex abuse scandal and celibacy and women and gays being defective , I guess they have crawled up their own arse !

    Posted by: Hephaistion | Mar 17, 2009 5:48:01 PM

  20. will somebody drop an acme anvil on this douchebag already? ^_^

    Posted by: Paul | Mar 17, 2009 5:48:56 PM

  21. this deluded old queen will surely takes us down the road to perdition, if we let her. i closed the door to catholicism when i realized that it had closed the door on me.

    if this p.o.s. is god's representative on earth, then all is lost, and there is no god worth respecting.

    right-wingers love to say, "there are no atheists in foxholes". of course there are.
    what is true is that there are a lot of contrite conservatives who become humanists when faced by adversity. the choice has never been more clear: you follow Rush and the dope, er, pope and the sundry fear-mongers, or you come to the good side and help us build.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 17, 2009 5:54:31 PM

  22. While "fuck the pope" is a phrase that lilts off the tongue so pleasingly, let us not forget that his power derives from many sources, not the least of which are the myriad people like my family, all of whom are varyingly supportive of me and my same-sex husband, and also regularly attend mass, go to confession, receive communion, and "just love that mumbo-jumbo."

    Posted by: beargulch | Mar 17, 2009 5:57:03 PM

  23. This pope is so out of touch with the real world. Anyone who follows this fool teaching and gives money to this cult is a useless sheep. I have zero respect for anyone who attends this cult. I have even loss a lot of respect to my liberal parent who still go every Sunday to listen to this bullshit.

    Posted by: DairyQueen | Mar 17, 2009 6:24:56 PM

  24. Bill Maher has a movie out in video stores/netflix called Religulous and it just reinforces in so many ways how God/Jesus/Organized religion is made up bullshit just like Santa Clause and the tooth fairy. This pope is evil incarnate and anybody who follows him is just as evil.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Mar 17, 2009 6:37:17 PM

  25. While its not quite as blatant as Jim Jones' cool aid the poor dupes in Africa who are brainwashed by the religious dogma and will follow his "teachings" are just as fucked as if they were at camp in Guyana. People never learn.

    Posted by: Jersey | Mar 17, 2009 6:59:19 PM

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