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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. Can you expect anything more in a world where reality TV has become king?

    Posted by: Marc | Mar 17, 2009 7:04:46 PM

  2. If there is one place the POPE ought to be visiting - it is DARFUR!! You can bet your last nickle in the collection plate that is the LAST Place he would ever think of going!! What and soil his white cassock, get the dust of the poor, hungry and dying on his red prada slippers??? No this man will as it was stated pontificate to his brethren on the evils of Condoms, birth control, and homosexuals!! The closest he will come to doing anything for the Africans who need help so desparately is to fly over the sudan and some lucky cardinal will flush his waste over the Sudan!!

    Posted by: alex in boston | Mar 17, 2009 7:18:40 PM

  3. Thanks to Nic above; Yeah, if the pope is god's representative on earth, we're all fucked ! Isn't it amazing what power has done to the Catholic Church ? They just cannot pursue the greater good; only what serves their megalomania.

    Posted by: Hephaistion | Mar 17, 2009 7:43:07 PM

  4. So if you're a priest, should you wear a condom when molesting little boys or not?

    Posted by: Jojo | Mar 17, 2009 7:43:37 PM

  5. Jesus is free for everyone, no matter how much the Catholic Church imprisons and charges the ignorants to 'feel' Jesus.
    Would Jesus condemn condoms? I don't think 'The Homophobic Church' should interfere, mainly because it's human health concern.

    Posted by: Daniel | Mar 17, 2009 8:12:00 PM

  6. If you sit in a pew every Sunday, you're part of the problem: you lend this idiot your moral authority and give him credibility.

    Posted by: kj | Mar 17, 2009 9:00:59 PM

  7. Amen KJ (no pun intended)!

    And that's any church, Catholic or otherwise. God has nothing to do with HIV/AIDS epidemic...mankind does. And only mankind can stop it.

    Posted by: Alex | Mar 17, 2009 10:39:25 PM

  8. Guys, please refrain from INSULTING the Pope with the F...word I find it offensive and personally hurtful. Grew up abroad (God Bless America) in a conservative Catholic family that ultimately rejected me. However, there will always be a part of me that holds him in high esteem despite his outdated positions. That being said- I have to respectfully disagree with The Pope given that condoms are a life saver- is he seriously expecting all these people to reform their long standing cultural /sexual attitudes? Or will the Vatican support those countless kids in 3rd world countries as a result of unwanted pregnancies, of course not!

    Posted by: Robert | Mar 17, 2009 11:13:02 PM

  9. If Jesus loves him, why is he so ugly?

    Posted by: Peter | Mar 17, 2009 11:19:59 PM

  10. FUCK! FUCK! FUCK this Pope Benedict formerly known as Joseph Nazinger. Religion truly is the opium of the people.

    Posted by: bading | Mar 17, 2009 11:34:59 PM

  11. Beargulch:

    Yous family is financing both the rape of children and the protection of those rapists if they support the Catholic Church. Two weeks ago the Vatican upheld the excommunication upheld the excommunication the mother and doctors of a Brazilian nine year girl because they gave her an abortion to save her life after he stepfather impregnated her with twins. Of course, the church took no action against the rapist and stated directly that those who saved the girl's life were guilty of a greater sin than the man who raped her.

    There is no excuse for anyone who can read and access to international news to support Catholicism. None. Shame on you for making it easier for your family to help rape and murder children by claiming that their actions are not completely immoral.

    Posted by: Landon Bryce | Mar 18, 2009 1:25:27 AM

  12. I. hate. that. aged. nazi. youth. so. much. Ugh! I'm proud to call myself ex-catholic. Can I get that on a t-shirt, like those "ex-masturbator" ones?
    He is the reason I'm against organized religion. It's terrifying to think how much power and influence this nutcase has.

    Posted by: Lara | Mar 18, 2009 2:15:18 AM

  13. And Peter's comment owns. That is all.

    Posted by: Lara | Mar 18, 2009 2:19:25 AM

  14. @Bading,

    although wiki is not the best reference, i can attest to this quote:

    "Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man—state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world. Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point d'honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion. Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo."

    in short, dude, you make a good point. religion is bunk. god is a zero, not a hero. the pope is a lap dog. we have nothing, if not ourselves. in the final analysis, we are what we bring to the world, whether good or bad. we help each other and struggle against the burdens that whatever-god-there-is has ruefully cast upon us, or we surrender to the evil that is at the obverse of the coin.

    in a way, indigenous or aboriginal people had a clue. god is niether good nor bad. we just flip it and we play -- heads or tails. in that sense, the god of the old testament is dead. hence, there is no "new" testament. jesus is not dead, he just never existed. the "idea" of jesus the man, not the christ, is intriguing. i can imagine waking up to that man. i would luxuriate in his embrace; i could spoon with him till the cows came home. in the end, though, nothing replaces human kindness. and MY jesus would have it no other way, no how.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 18, 2009 2:46:24 AM

  15. just think, a simple condom could have prevented existence of this archaic excuse of a man.
    Benedict is indeed a slice of Hell.

    Posted by: ZERO | Mar 18, 2009 6:18:44 AM

  16. I'm with NIC--count me out of the Catholic Club--I'm done with that crazy--if they don't want me, I'm fine with not wanting them--saves me 10% every week, and I can spend that at Macy's! He's clearly an intolerant douche, and I hope more people come to that realization.

    Posted by: troschne | Mar 18, 2009 6:34:20 AM

  17. Robert:

    Please refrain from insulting every victim of sexual abuse in the world by suggesting that the Pope is entitled to more respect than a piece of dogshit. The facts prove otherwise.

    Posted by: Landon Bryce | Mar 18, 2009 8:24:14 AM

  18. We all know how ridiculous this man is.
    Yes, abstinence would be ideal (in the eyes of the Catholics), however we all live in the real world and people have sex. Telling people not to have sex until they have found the right person is just unrealistic. Helping prevent further infections by getting people to use condoms when they have sex is the only sensible way forward, and condoms help protect against other nasty STD’s as well.

    Posted by: Tei | Mar 18, 2009 9:05:42 AM

  19. The Pope is evil and the Catholic Church is evil.

    Posted by: Des | Mar 18, 2009 9:09:50 AM

  20. you know, i agree with the pope to an extent, and do think people should stress monogamy and abstinence, but it should be equal to that of other birth control barrier methods/condoms in the fight against HIV and pregnancy.

    i also think pope benedict is looking at the HIV crisis in africa in a way that ONLY reflects his opinion on sexual immorality. 22 million people in africa don't have HIV/AIDs just because of supposedly careless sexual habits. we forget about breast milk transferring the virus to children. we forget about high incidents of rape in africa. unfit hospitals. previous, folk thought.

    how the catholic church approaches HIV infection should start with prevention of possibly spreading the virus by informing HIV-positive mothers that they can pass on the virus to their children through their milk and by investing more energy in modernizing medical institutions, not condemning condoms and demeaning their significance in the fight against this epidemic.

    Posted by: Ian | Mar 18, 2009 10:40:04 AM

  21. Ian:

    Believe me, the Pope is not forgetting about the high incidence of rape in Africa.

    He's pro-rape.

    The Catholic Church would have sold off all of its assets to take care of the children it raped if he were not. He would stop using the diplomatic power of the Vatican to shield serial child rapists from prosecution if he were not pro-rape. The Church would stop doing everything it can to avoid paying the few court-ordered settlements to victims it did its best to destroy that it has been unable to use its vast resources to avoid if it were not pro-rape.

    Posted by: Landon Bryce | Mar 18, 2009 11:13:37 AM

  22. As the joke goes: "you don't play the game; you don't make the rules". Who is this dried-up, embittered closet queen who makes these idiotic, ridiculous statements? They call him The Pope. What he is is a self-hating hypocrite, a known pedophile and one of The Vatican's resident Tea Room Queens. Girlfriend personally selects her Swiss Guard contingent and only accepts those who are uncut. The Popette is touring Africa, but trying very hard not to let too many "coloureds" touch those velvety-hands; unless, of course, it is some young, succulent, doe-eyed example of flowering African youth. Ms. Popette is actually tending to her homophobic thugs disguised as bishops and priests that she personally selected to ensure that at least amongst the great unwashed of Africa, Ms. Popette's hateful, homophobic, un-Christian and despicable anti-gay agenda is carried out to the max. May her designer slippers cause her to trip on the red carpet and break her sniveling little neck.

    Posted by: mike | Mar 18, 2009 12:22:04 PM

  23. To Robert,

    FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK the Pope! Because of the things he has been saying of late: condoms exacerbate HIV/AIDS, the blurring of gender (from a guy in a dress) and homosexuality will destroy the 'ecology of man.' This fucktard deserves NO respect and I will tell him to fuck off all i can! You being an apologist for him makes you culpable.

    Posted by: Mr. E | Mar 18, 2009 1:29:12 PM

  24. The last Pope lived in a country ravaged by both Nazism and Communism. His successor was a member of the Hitler youth.

    Why can't we just declare war on the Holy See and get it over with? They still haven't been punished for the Spanish Inquisition or their complicity in the Holocaust.

    Posted by: Attmay | Mar 18, 2009 3:09:25 PM

  25. Oh, and fuck the pope. Fuck that filthy Nazi kraut bastard. Hard. With no lube.

    Posted by: Attmay | Mar 18, 2009 3:10:54 PM

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