Pope Benedict, the former head of the same Church body that ran the Inquisition, has done it again. He just committed an act which is morally equivalent to involuntary sodomy, and did it to an entire continent.
Africa, the epicenter of the AIDS pandemic, sometimes seems to have not all that much going for it—AIDS drugs are expensive, some leaders have been idiots, but there have been some bright lights, such as Botswana’s comprehensive HIV prevention program.
So when some German dude walks in and tells everyone that condoms are wrong and may make the problem worse, one might consider using a rather loaded word to describe this behavior. What would that word be?
Genocide. mass murder Aw, Hell, I don’t even know anymore. Maybe I’ll go with negligent homicide on a continental scale.
To discourage the use of the most effective HIV prevention technique among Africans, a group of people who are dying of AIDS by the millions, is morally indefensible. He should be ashamed.
But of course, he has no shame (it kinda goes with infallibility).
Yes, yes, I realize that “papal infallibility” is not an unlimited concept.
Yes, I realize that “genocide” may be a bit over the top, but the point is this: When Mbeke fell for AIDS denialism, tens of thousands died. When the Pope lies about condoms, basically encouraging unsafe sex, thousands or more may die as a direct result of his words and actions. This is not OK. It is not a rant against the Catholic Church, but against the actions of a man whose position makes him uniquely able to help or harm millions.