I’ve been explaining to people the past few weeks that just because the Pope is old and frail it doesn’t mean he’s mentally deficient or senile and they shouldn’t judge people on appearances like that. However, I take all that back. The Pope is either mad, stupid, or evil. You decide.
According to this article the Catholic church is telling people with AIDS not to use condoms, which I’m sure you already know. But they are also telling people that condoms offer no protection against AIDS, which is entirely false according to all scientific research.
It’s fair enough to decree people should only have the choice of abstinence, since at least then people can make an informed choice between obeying or suffering the torments of Hell (or Purgatory; my theology sucks).
But now they are adding propaganda and misinformation, actually claiming that condoms will let viruses through and some priests are even claiming that condoms give you AIDS. On this issue, the Vatican is in total contradiction to conclusions arrived at by actual scientific research of the World Health Organization, the US National Institutes of Health, and numerous other august institutions who actually know things about biology and medicine.
So not only is the Vatican determined to prohibit condom use for dubious doctrinal reasons with scant scriptural or moral justification, even banning their use between an HIV+ husband and his wife, they are willing to lie in order to achieve their goal. Isn’t telling blatant falsehoods a sin any more? Way to go, Mad Pope.