Vatican City (Nov 21) – From high up in his ivory tower, Pope Benedict has announced that using condoms might be justified on a case by case basis to prevent the spread of aids, ending a long history of people who choose to not have sex, telling others how they can have sex. Not to mention the amount of aids related deaths that the Catholic Church is essentially responsible for.
The turnaround has been swift, since the Pope made his utterly uniformed statement last year in Cameroon that condoms actually help spread HIV/AIDS. The new position is to be published in a book next week.
It should be pointed out that there is still a long way to go before the Pope simply keeps his uneducated opinion out of the sex debate, stating instead that the occasions in which free human beings would be allowed to use condoms would be “exceptional circumstances.”
There is no further information at this time as to what the catholic church deem to be “exceptional circumstances” when talking about sex, but it is safe to assume that “exceptional” to them is very different to what people who actively seek and enjoy pre-marital and freaky sex regard as “exceptional.” This is to say it is doubtful they are condoning orgies.
UNAIDS, the United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS, has called the turnaround “a significant and positive step forward.” Many others, this writer included, have called it “the church finally admitting defeat on a subject they have no right to be involved in.”
In Kenya, where around 150,000 people die from HIV/AIDS every year. The Kenya Treatment Access Movement (KETAM) has viewed the Popes statement as his acceptance that abstinence doesn’t suit everyone, and also that it’s accepting the “reality on the ground”, which is basically David Kamau, head of KATAM, saying that it is all very well making these idiotic rules in the Vatican. I could not find the numbers for HIV/AIDS deaths in Vatican City, but one can assume it is nowhere near 150,000 per year.
Mr. Kamau went on to say that “if the church has failed to get people to follow it’s moral values and practice abstinence, they should take the next best step and encourage condom use.”
Catholic Reform group We Are Church, despite having no grasp on grammar, said that the new stance showed the Pope is able to learn from experience (read: mistakes). While British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell called the change of heart “significant” but in need of clarification.
In the new book ‘Light of the World: The Pope, The Church and the Sign of the Times, the Pope tells the author, German Journalist, Peter Seewald that “sheer fixation on the condom implies a banalisation of sexuality” furthermore that sex is no longer an expression of love “but only a sort of drug that people administer themselves.”
I for one will not be reading this book; I can guess how it will read. One of the many reasons you would never find Henry Hunter inside a church is that I find it difficult to take sexual advice from a man who does not have sex, but allows child molesters to preach the word of his God.
Condoms are great; they allow you to have sex with lots of different people with little fear of catching diseases or getting someone you do not really know pregnant. Despite what most religions preach, sex is amazing. In the most part, it is free too. Sometimes there will have to be some sort of payment, not always. Sometimes you can get a free lunch.
Sex isn’t just so that you can pop out more Catholics, despite what Benny would have you believe, it is a form of interaction, a great reliever of stress and just about the most fun you can have with your clothes off.
Anyway, the Catholic Church once opposed trains… Exactly.
Henry Hunter – WorldNewsVine Rome