Pope on AIDS: On Africa trip, pope sa...

Pope on AIDS: On Africa trip, pope says condoms won't solve AIDS

There are 85 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 17, 2009, titled Pope on AIDS: On Africa trip, pope says condoms won't solve AIDS. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Pope Benedict XVI said on his way to Africa today that condoms were not the answer in the continent's fight against HIV, his first explicit statement on an issue that has divided even clergy working with AIDS ...

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Jerry

Chicago, IL

#2 Mar 17, 2009
As long as people in Africa don't have pre-marital sex, or cheat on their wives it's a great idea! Oh wait...
thingy

El Paso, TX

#3 Mar 17, 2009
When will it be, when the Vatican becomes extinct? Face reality. Abstinence will not, and never has worked. To come out against condoms is irresponsible and reckless.
OWL

Debary, FL

#5 Mar 17, 2009
Benedict: come out of your ivory tower. You are impeding the battle against HIV/AIDS by speaking out against condom use to a population whose sexual mores do not include monogamy, chastity and abstinence. Talk about Dark Ages!
well

San Francisco, CA

#8 Mar 17, 2009
why do people continue to listen to the outdated opinions of these religious leaders?
thingy

El Paso, TX

#9 Mar 17, 2009
NiteClerk wrote:
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OIC. So abstinence, which prevents STD transmission 100% is irresponsible. Having random sex with strangers and spreading diseases is ????
What we need to is strengthen the AIDS virus so it kills you in about a day. Failing that, use the Hoof and Mouth disease treatment. Either way if people would listen and do what the Pope says, STDs would almost disappear.
I said dismissing the use of condoms is irresponsible. Abstinence, I repeat, will not happen. Not in Africa, America, or in the Vatican.
Dallas

Evanston, IL

#10 Mar 17, 2009
What great logic! Next I heard The Pope is giving his strategy on ending the diabetes epidemic in the U.S. I think he wants us to all give up food!

Science > Religion
Robert Salm

Chicago, IL

#11 Mar 17, 2009
Great way to convert the savages, Pope.* Attack their way of life and their means of health survival.

*yes, I am being facetious.
melodylane

Skokie, IL

#12 Mar 17, 2009
But, it will help keeping it in control.
These people need education, the Pope isn't an educator. He is a elected leader...of a biased group of people.
melodylane

Skokie, IL

#13 Mar 17, 2009
Actually, I am beginning to think of this POPE in the same way I think of those who think the Koran should be part of the laws of a country.

Meaning, I don't think much of him.
Ben Dover

United States

#15 Mar 17, 2009
Is this guy for real? Does he think praying to Jesus will stop AIDS? Get real, Pope!
MDK

Mount Pleasant, SC

#16 Mar 17, 2009
Like the Pope knows ANYTHING aboiut STD's. What a crock. Wearing a condom will most certainly help stagnate the spread of the virus.
Recovering Catholic

Hickory Hills, IL

#17 Mar 17, 2009
NiteClerk wrote:
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OIC. So abstinence, which prevents STD transmission 100% is irresponsible. Having random sex with strangers and spreading diseases is ????
What we need to is strengthen the AIDS virus so it kills you in about a day. Failing that, use the Hoof and Mouth disease treatment. Either way if people would listen and do what the Pope says, STDs would almost disappear.
And in the meantime, this horse's hind end excuse for a human being has just given license to the whoring husband to infect his probably innocent wife. One of the few times I've wished there were a hell - so Ratzinger could rot in it.

“To love and be loved”

Since: Jun 08

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#18 Mar 17, 2009
melodylane wrote:
But, it will help keeping it in control.
These people need education, the Pope isn't an educator. He is a elected leader...of a biased group of people.
Hello, hello everybody! It's true the people in Africa need education-- a knowhow on how to combat AIDS, if condom is not the solution. Who told you that the Pope is not an educator? He is a professor all his life that's why he is elected as a leader. A Spiritual leader, so to say, for the vast Roman Catholic faithful.
DeFence

Hickory Hills, IL

#19 Mar 17, 2009
melodylane wrote:
But, it will help keeping it in control.
These people need education, the Pope isn't an educator. He is a elected leader...of a biased group of people.
Melody, the pope is not elected by all Catholics, only the College of Cardinals gets to vote. And they are appointed by the pope - it's an incestuous circle.
KenDenver

Boulder, CO

#20 Mar 17, 2009
Condoms will do a heck of a lot more than prayer. When will this religion come out of the dark ages?
Carlos T Mock MD

Manteno, IL

#21 Mar 17, 2009
We know the pope hates Jews, Muslims, and now we learn he's also racist. Telling Africans to stay away from condoms is like telling a child to use gasoline to put out a fire.

Somebody ought to impeach this Nazi clown!

“To love and be loved”

Since: Jun 08

right here, right now...

#23 Mar 17, 2009
DeFence wrote:
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Melody, the pope is not elected by all Catholics, only the College of Cardinals gets to vote. And they are appointed by the pope - it's an incestuous circle.
Hey, "DeFence"! Do you have an idea what "Conclave" is all about???

Since: Nov 08

Cologne- Germany

#24 Mar 17, 2009
In every country without exception there are some offsprings born out of the illicit intimacy of the women who attends regularly the catholic christian church.
In Germany i know a few who knows their mother but afraid to reveal the FATHER.
CELIBACY PURE?
Tro Jenz

Woodridge, IL

#25 Mar 17, 2009
Yes and a vow of abstinence has been easily and religously followed by the many hundreds of criminal Clergy as they sexually abused the young men that were entrusted to their care.
This Pope is full of B.S. and should also be charged with enabling this sex abuse scandal.
Tired of the Idiots

Chicago, IL

#26 Mar 17, 2009
NiteClerk wrote:
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OIC. So abstinence, which prevents STD transmission 100% is irresponsible. Having random sex with strangers and spreading diseases is ????
What we need to is strengthen the AIDS virus so it kills you in about a day. Failing that, use the Hoof and Mouth disease treatment. Either way if people would listen and do what the Pope says, STDs would almost disappear.
There's a reason you're a "NiteClerk", or something as pathethic as that: you're an a s s. Pray you never have a friend or family member that dies from AIDS. You poor, pathethic fu ck.

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