Pope: Condoms Don’t Help in Fight Against AIDS
Posted on Mar 17, 2009
On his way to his first visit to Africa, Pope Benedict XVI told attendant members of the press that he believes encouraging condom use not only doesn’t help in the fight against AIDS, but actually worsens the situation.
In his first public comments on condom use, the pontiff told reporters en route to Cameroon that Aids “is a tragedy that cannot be overcome by money alone, and that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems”.
Pope Benedict has previously stressed that the Roman Catholic Church is in the forefront of the battle against Aids. The Vatican encourages sexual abstinence to fight the spread of the disease.
After his election as Pope, Benedict described Aids as a “a cruel epidemic which not only kills but seriously threatens the economic and social stability of the continent”, but reiterated the Vatican ban on the use of condoms.
AP photo / Andrew Medichini
Pope on a plane: Benedict XVI, flanked by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarciso Bertone, left, and his spokesman. Father Federico Lombardi, talks at a press conference Tuesday. The pontiff was en route to Cameroon.