Wednesday, March 18, 2009

For once, I agree with the Pope

Actually, the Catholic Church in and of itself is not bad, it's the institution and the people that give organized religion a bad name.

Here's a case where the crowd's reaction is going to have nothing to do with the wisdom being shared by Pope Benedict and everything to do with the source:

"You can't resolve [the AIDS problem] with the distribution of condoms," the pope told reporters aboard the Alitalia plane heading to Yaounde. "On the contrary, it increases the problem."

The pope said a responsible and moral attitude toward sex would help fight the disease, as he answered questions submitted in advance by reporters traveling on the plane.

The Catholic Church rejects the use of condoms, as part of its overall teaching against artificial contraception. Senior Vatican officials have advocated fidelity in marriage and abstinence from premarital sex as key weapons in the fight against AIDS.


Of course, the mass media doesn't analyze the Pope's words, but instead decides to state supposedly draconian values of the Catholic Church directly below the only piece of info that matters: a responsible attitude toward sex helps fight this disease. If you are having sex with someone you don't know or don't trust, there will be some level of repercussion, be it from AIDS, a damaged morale, maybe the woman you slept with is a psycho, maybe she has herpes and the condom didn't protect you from that, etc.

Morons who have nothing better in their lives to focus on than simply AIDS instead of the big picture of cultural decay will vilify the Pope and parrot their message while shutting out that of others. This is a perfect example of what's wrong in our society.

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