Africa-bound pope says condoms increa...

Africa-bound pope says condoms increase AIDS

There are 22 comments on the SF Gate story from Mar 18, 2009, titled Africa-bound pope says condoms increase AIDS. In it, SF Gate reports that:

Benedict's first statement on an issue that has divided even Catholic clergy working with AIDS patients came hours before he arrived in Cameroon's capital - greeted by thousands of flag-waving faithful who stood shoulder to shoulder in red dirt fields and jammed downtown streets for a glimpse of the pontiff's motorcade.

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Omaha, NE

#22 Mar 25, 2009
Anne wrote:
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Their index is pretty large, and it has less to do with the Pope than with other factors. A lot of people in the developed countries don't listen to his edict, and are much better off for it.
Can't work both sides of the street, Anne.

Make up your mind. If its better off that people don't listen to him, why do you care what he says?

Washington, DC

#23 Mar 25, 2009
Dan wrote:
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Can't work both sides of the street, Anne.
Make up your mind. If its better off that people don't listen to him, why do you care what he says?
It doesn't affect me personally because I don't consider him my spiritual leader. But it can have a negative impact on other people. It is better off that they don't listen to him in this instance, but as to the point about African peoples not listening to him, there are other issues that weigh in as to how AIDS impacts them--female circumcision for one thing. That is said
to increase the likelihood that a woman can contract AIDS. So, of course, that is one aspect of the problem condoms would not solve. That is a cultural issue. Just the same, condoms play a significant role in decreasing the spread of HIV/AIDS. Therefore, they are a part of responsible behavior.

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