The Pope’s Tiny Fight Against AIDS: he okays condoms for male, not female, sex workers

In Rare Cases, Pope Justifies Use of Condoms
RACHEL DONADIO and LAURIE GOODSTEIN | New York Times

. . The pope’s statement on condoms was extremely limited: he did not approve their use or suggest that the Roman Catholic Church was beginning to back away from its prohibition of birth control. In fact, the one example he cited as a possibly appropriate use was by male prostitutes . .

In the book, Benedict said condoms were not “a real or moral solution” to the AIDS epidemic, adding, “that can really lie only in a humanization of sexuality.” But he also said that “there may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility.”


Talk of responsibility? You must be joking.

People began to die of AIDS in 1978. The CDC picked up on it in 1981. US deaths in 1988: 5,000. 1990: 20,000. 1993: 40,000. Deaths worldwide as of 1997: 6 million. Infections: 22 million. Infected as of 2007: 33 million.

Hey — whaddya say we talk about responsibility now? Why not? Millions have died and tens of millions are permanently infected, so let’s talk about it. Okay, good.

Catholic male prostitutes may now use condoms. But women, all women, can’t tell their men to use condoms because that’d be immoral. Women must eternally be willing to get pregnant and bear children. Even if they’re prostitutes. And if they contract AIDS and die, oh well. Apparently, it’s all part of the wonder of God’s plan. It’s God’s unstoppable plan for maximizing pregnancy rates and spreading a murderous epidemic.

Actually, it’s only part of the wonder of the Pope’s plan.

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