My brain is jammed. Do you remember those old fashion typewriters? You know, you’d push all the keys at once and the mechanism would jam up as the different letters flew towards the ribbon and page. That’s my brain right now. But it is slowly unjamming. Sometimes it pays to write about the block itself, if only to get writing. What caused the jam? Pope Benedict XVI’s denunciation of condom use to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. For the Post’s coverage, click here.
According to the Pope, HIV/AIDS “cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems” and the solution lies in a “spiritual and human awakening” and “friendship for those who suffer.”
The irresponsibility and ignorance behind these comments is stupefying, mind-jamming. If even ten per cent of the world’s Catholic population take these remarks seriously, how much more damage, sorrow, and death will be caused? Why not recommend condom use or even just turn a blind eye to it? Then, there will be less people suffering and in need of our “friendship.” With friends and spiritual leaders like this, who needs enemies.
Of course, strictly-speaking, there is nothing new here — except perhaps for the false claim, contrary to all evidence otherwise, that condom use aggravates the problem. Maybe, that’s why my brain is jamming. There should be a great and public up-roar about these comments but they are perfectly in line with the Church’s official stance on condom use and other forms of birth control. Benedict’s comments are inexcusable and so is the Church’s policy which has been wreaking havoc all over the world — and especially the developing world — for decades. It is a sin that stains the entire Church. One can only hope Benedict’s comments cause sufficient uproar amongst the faithful that he and his Church will reconsider its stance on this detestable policy. Don’t worry, I won’t be holding my breath.