There was an article today in the Times Online from the UK saying that the Pope is inviting controversy when he said that condoms aggravate the AIDS problem. They seem to think that the Pope doesn’t know what he is talking about, but research actually gives some credibility to his stand. In other words, it turns out that God’s way really is the best way after all:
He said the “traditional teaching of the Church” on chastity outside marriage and fidelity within it had proved to be “the only sure way of preventing the spread of HIV and Aids”.
Honestly, what was the Pope thinking when he said this. Doesn’t he know that no one is chaste before or within marriage anymore?
I get sick of the argument that chastity or abstinence isn’t a good way to prevent pregnancy, AIDS, or other STDs. It is in fact the only 100% effective method. Even the article in the times has to grudgingly point this out:
In 2003 a senior Vatican official claimed condoms had tiny holes in them through which HIV can pass, exposing thousands of people to risk.
The then head of the Vatican Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, said: “The Aids virus is roughly 450 times smaller than the spermatozoon. The spermatozoon can easily pass through the ‘net’ that is formed by the condom.”
He added “These margins of uncertainty… should represent an obligation on the part of the health ministries and all these campaigns to act in the same way as they do with regard to cigarettes, which they state to be a danger.”
The World Health Organisation responded at the time by saying that “These incorrect statements about condoms and HIV are dangerous when we are facing a global pandemic which has already killed more than 20 million people, and currently affects at least 42 million.”
The WHO said that “consistent and correct” condom use reduces the risk of HIV infection by 90 per cent.
So, instead of 100% effectiveness, they prefer to promote 90% effectiveness. It is like playing Russian roulette with a “ten-shot” instead of a six shot pistol. Go ahead. There is only a one in ten chance of contracting HIV/AIDS. This is one of those areas where the Pope is dead on target. God knows what is going to work best. He wrote the book on it.