Pope Condemmed For Ignorance on Condoms

This has already been on Pharyngula, but I have to publish it simply because it is such a powerful statement from the medical journal Lancet:

But the London-based Lancet said the Pope had “publicly distorted scientific evidence to promote Catholic doctrine on this issue”.

It said the male latex condom was the single most efficient way to reduce the sexual transmission of HIV/Aids.

“Whether the Pope’s error was due to ignorance or a deliberate attempt to manipulate science to support Catholic ideology is unclear,” said the journal.

But it said the comment still stood and urged the Vatican to issue a retraction. “When any influential person, be it a religious or political figure, makes a false scientific statement that could be devastating to the health of millions of people, they should retract or correct the public record,” it said.

“Anything less from Pope Benedict would be an immense disservice to the public and health advocates, including many thousands of Catholics, who work tirelessly to try and prevent the spread of HIV/Aids worldwide.”

I am very glad they aren’t pulling punches here. What Joseph Ratzinger said was irresponsible. He’s not helping anyone with his dogma, he’s hurting them. Anyone that puts their theology above real human suffering is a jerk, plain and simple.

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