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Was the Pope's comment on condoms appropriate or inappropriate?

On a trip to Africa last week, the pope told reporters, "You can't resolve it with the distribution of condoms." He then added, "On the contrary, it increases the problem."

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:19 PM on Apr. 2, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • He's the Pope, it would be inappropriate of him to say otherwise, much like it would be inappropriate for the editor of Ms. magazine to call for the immediate global outlawing of abortion.

    He also has a point - condom programs don't address the real issue there, because men will still force women to have sex whether they have them or not. They need to be convinced it is not their right to rape, not that they should wear a condom while doing so.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:24 PM on Apr. 2, 2009

  • Because he thinks that abstinence will solve the problem.......rediculous....

    Answer by JennRN09 at 4:24 PM on Apr. 2, 2009

  • And its not JUST an issue of rape there.

    Answer by JennRN09 at 4:26 PM on Apr. 2, 2009

  • Well you know, abstinence would solve the problem if people would choose to control themselves!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:29 PM on Apr. 2, 2009

  • abstinence would work if people applied it...

    Answer by mamakirs at 4:32 PM on Apr. 2, 2009

  • In a simple world...................

    Answer by JennRN09 at 4:36 PM on Apr. 2, 2009

  • And its not JUST an issue of rape there.

    But it is still an issue. And a pretty huge one considering how many places women are still considered property.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:45 PM on Apr. 2, 2009

  • I want to know why you care what the Pope says? Will what he said change anything? Probably not, it's not like that single comment will make people change their minds and stop supporting the distribution of condoms as a way to solve the problem. Where did it say he thought abstinence would solve it? Not in that article. Yes, the Catholic Church promotes abstinence, so what? Just because a person takes some free condoms doesn't mean they will use them. And even if the use them, it's not addressing the issue of using force and violence against women to have sex.


    Answer by anime_mom619 at 5:11 PM on Apr. 2, 2009

  • The Pope's comment on condoms was VERY falsely reported.The Pope definitely makes a good point if you read his whole statement:

    What the pope really said in context:

    "It is my belief that the most effective presence on the front in the battle against HIV/AIDS is precisely the Catholic Church and her institutions. I think of the Community of Sant’ Egidio, which does so much, visibly and invisibly to fight AIDS, of the Camillians, of all the nuns that are at the service of the sick.

    “I would say that this problem of AIDS cannot be overcome with advertising slogans. If the soul is lacking, if Africans do not help one another, the scourge cannot be resolved by distributing condoms; quite the contrary, we risk worsening the problem. The solution can only come through a twofold commitment: firstly, the humanization of sexuality, in other words a spiritual and human renewal bringing a new way of behaving towards (cont'd)

    Answer by waldorfmom at 5:19 PM on Apr. 2, 2009

  • (cont'd) ... a new way of behaving towards one another; and secondly, true friendship, above all with those who are suffering, a readiness - even through personal sacrifice - to be present with those who suffer. And these are the factors that help and bring visible progress.

    “Therefore, I would say that our double effort is to renew the human person internally, to give spiritual and human strength to a way of behaving that is just towards our own body and the other person’s body; and this capacity of suffering with those who suffer,to remain present in trying situations.
    “I believe that this is the first response [to AIDS] and that this is what the Church does, and thus, she offers a great and important contribution. And we are grateful to those that do this.”

    Thank you to Cafemom Radavis777 for locating this for us and sharing it.


    Answer by waldorfmom at 5:32 PM on Apr. 2, 2009

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