US News & World Report attacks the Pope

On the site of the liberal US News & World Report another of the progressivist element’s useful idiots blasted away at the Holy Father because of what is now becoming a spittle-flected talking point for the left.

Bonnie Erbe, whoever she is, gave us these insights.  My emphases and comments.

Pope’s Dangerous AIDS Message In Africa: No Condoms
March 18, 2009 10:11 AM ET

By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Pope Benedict’s statement upon arriving in Cameroon was,

"AIDS cannot be overcome by the distribution of condoms."

This is one of the most horrifically ignorant statements made by a world leader since former President George W. Bush’s promise to "smoke ’em out" in reference to terrorist leaders including Osama bin Laden. Need I remind you that Bush never did "smoke out" bin Laden?   [I wonder if there is a Liberal Template Book out there: "Trick #5: Lead off with an outrageously moral equivalence.  Remember!  Your readers aren’t very smart!"]

Back to Africa: Pope Benedict told a tumultuous welcoming crowd in Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital, that not only do condoms fail to prevent the spread of AIDS, [ummm… they don’t] "On the contrary, they increase the problem." [Yes.  That is the case.] It was his most provocative, delineated anti-condom pronouncement since his election in 2005. [And what did you expect the POPE of the CATHOLIC CHURCH to say?]  Moreover, he made the statement as he began his visit to the most AIDS-ravaged continent. In Africa, more than 25 million people have died of AIDS, and another 22 million plus are living with the disease.

All the pontiff need do to acquire a more educated view of AIDS in Africa is to read the widespread literature about women and how they acquire the disease.  [Because clearly noone in the Catholic Church knows about this.  But wait!  The left will educate you!] The percentage of female AIDS patients who are prostitutes, or drug addicts, is dwarfed by the percentage who are married women living upstanding lives in their communities.

The Pope advised them, according to the Reuters news agency, to exhibit, "correct behavior regarding one’s body." Very helpful!  [I think she is being saracastic.  But one might stop to think for a moment: Would what the Pope say help if it were put into practice?  Is what he said true?] That advice is completely useless to the typical "woman" in Africa who contracts the disease. Her profile is that of a teenage virgin sold into marriage against her will and "betrothed" to a much older man with many lovers who carries AIDS and refuses to use protection. [Uh huh… and they are really the target audience for condom use.]

The United Nations magazine, Africa Re newal, quotes an expert who participated in a UN survey of AIDS’ impact on young African women. She described the conditions under which most young African women contract AIDS as follows:

    "[They] are not in a position to abstain. They are not in a position to demand faithfulness of their partners. In many cases they are in fact faithful, but are being infected by unfaithful partners…A woman who is a victim of violence or the fear of violence is not going to negotiate anything, let alone fidelity or condom use…Her main objective is to get through the day without being beaten up."

So much for condom-bashing.  [So… I think she is agreeing that condoms aren’t the solution… or did I miss something.]

The Pope is correct in saying that AIDS cannot be eradicated by condom use alone. [uh huh] Clearly, when young women are raped or otherwise forced into sex against their will, the men abusing them will not commit to use condoms.  [Yah…. riiiiiight.]

But instead of offering these women useless verbiage, [Now watch this next part.] the Pope could have offered the vast resources of the Church to distribute anti-viral foam to young married women in AIDS-infested areas. Foam is the only form of AIDS prevention that young wives completely control and can use without their husbands’ permission.  [Question: Does it work?  Would it be used?  Would it increase the spread of AIDS because it gives the illusion of working?  Is that just a mask for a different agenda?]

Distributing anti-viral foam to young married women would help prevent the spread of AIDS while still creating the babies the Church so desperately needs to fill its pews. [She is pretty nasty, actually.] But Pope Benedict made no mention of offering such help to African AIDS victims. He showed no understanding of the terrible lives these women endure, or the damage done to their children, many of whom are born HIV-positive or with AIDS.

Reuters also reported on the Pope’s trip: "The Church teaches that fidelity within heterosexual marriage, chastity and abstinence are the best ways to stop AIDS. It does not approve condoms but some Church leaders have been calling for allowing their use in rare cases between married heterosexual couples where one partner has the disease." This is a more principled view and much more charitable to parishioners than that of the Pope.  [Let’s bash the Pope!]

Pope Benedict has shown no sympathy for wives whose husbands have AIDS. A less compassionate or understanding view of their situation than his is hard to fathom.  [How about the compassion of those who have created the myths she pushes as solutions?]


I’ll keep the combox closed on this.  It isn’t worth additional energy beyond this quick read.

Just be aware that right now there is open season on the Pope.

You can say literally anything about the Pope right now and then, with a grin, stand up with the expectation of applause while taking your bows.

I am reminded of what the Pope wrote the other day:

At times one gets the impression that our society needs to have at least one group to which no tolerance may be shown; which one can easily attack and hate. And should someone dare to approach them – in this case the Pope – he too loses any right to tolerance; he too can be treated hatefully, without misgiving or restraint.

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