13/04/2009

Is The Pope Evil?

Stepping short of calling the Pope evil, The Lancet speaks out against the Pope's views on AIDS and condoms. His holiness is on the record as saying this of HIV: "a tragedy that cannot be overcome by money alone, that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which can even increase the problem".

The Lancet stands up to him - quotes from BBC News:

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.

2 comments:

David said...

There is no excuse for the Pope to make a public comment like that, however the argument may be a little more nuanced. Have a read of the full transcript of this interview: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/ni/2009/03/aids_expert_who_defended_the_p.html

David said...

(I should also point out that I think condoms are a fundamental part of HIV prevention and that expecting people to be celibate will be as effective as sticking your head up your own arse. I just think that's an interesting interview, even if the interviewee seems a bit confused.)

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