Journalists and now Governments are rabidly defending condoms and attacking the Holy Father

Thomas J. Euteneuer
By Joseph Meaney
Human Life International e-Newsletter
Volume 04, Number 11
March 23, 2009
Reproduced with Permission

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Pope Benedict XVI embarked on his first missionary journey to Africa, and had not yet touched down in Cameroon when headlines flashed around the world screaming; "Pope says condoms won't solve AIDS." Quickly, the pundits and commentators went to work vilifying the Holy Father.

What did they expect? That Pope Benedict would change church teaching to please them? Or that he ignore the scientific evidence that the billions of condoms thrown at AIDS have only aggravated the pandemic?

Who could have imagined the cultural decay in the last 40 years? An object only associated with prostitution and moral degeneracy then is now a sacrosanct medical necessity ardently defended by the most influential governments and institutions like the World Health Organization. It is time that we stood up for the truth.

Any honest expert such as Edward Green, director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, has to admit: "We have found no consistent associations between condom use and lower HIV-infection rates, which, 25 years into the pandemic, we should be seeing if this intervention was working."

The only countries that have managed to successfully fight the spread of AIDS are those which emphasized chastity - abstinence before marriage and faithfulness afterwards. The worst HIV/AIDS infection rates are in countries virtually awash in latex. The "safe sex" lie liberals are desperate to uphold falls like a house of cards before three small words: Condom Failure Rates. The risk of contracting AIDS during so-called "protected sex" approaches 100 percent as the number of episodes of sexual intercourse with an infected person increases.

Pope Benedict caused apoplexy in the press and liberal governments because he dared to proclaim the truth. His brief remarks were characteristically spiritual and reasonable.

"It is my belief that the most effective presence on the front in the battle against HIV/AIDS is precisely the Catholic Church and her institutions."

"I would say that this problem of AIDS cannot be overcome with advertising slogans. If the soul is lacking, if Africans do not help one another, the scourge cannot be resolved by distributing condoms; quite the contrary, we risk worsening the problem."

"The solution can only come through a twofold commitment: firstly, the humanization of sexuality, in other words a spiritual and human renewal bringing a new way of behaving towards one another; and secondly, true friendship, above all with those who are suffering, a readiness - even through personal sacrifice - to be present with those who suffer. And these are the factors that help and bring visible progress."

The statement above is the "offense" for which the ministers of the governments of France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany are now publicly chastising the Pope!

I recall a survey done several years ago which revealed that journalists were significantly more atheistic and non-religious than the general public. They are the ones outside the mainstream. George Wirnkar, our HLI leader in Cameroon, was shocked by his interactions with many foreign journalists during the papal visit. They completely ignored the story of the joy and welcome expressed by Africans for the Pope in the midst of their obsession with this trumped up "condom scandal."

The attacks on the Holy Father and the Church have intensified in the last few months. Enough is enough!

Please join HLI in expressing our love and admiration for Benedict XVI's courageous and faithful proclamation of basic moral teachings and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.