Pope Benedict, en route to Africa, goes there on AIDS and HIV:
''You can't resolve it with the distribution of condoms. On the contrary, it increases the problem.''"
This is simply disgusting. I have been busy today, so I just join with Sullivan here.
Look, whether or not contraception is a good or a bad thing, real actual people do stupid things. Condoms massively reduce the transmission rates of HIV.
I am HIV+, and I live in the UK with great health care. But HIV is an awful disease. Without disrespecting people with diabetes, it is not "just like diabetes now."
It can create horrible pain; it can corrupt all your sexual and erotic relationships; it, or the medications, can give you diarrhea so bad you cannot let toilet paper touch your arse; it can make other people hate you; and unless you have support it can make you hate yourself.
I remain completely Catholic, but Pope Benedict is simply being evil in these statements.