03.17.2009 12:33pm EDT
Benedict has never before spoken explicitly on condom use although he has stressed that the Roman Catholic Church is in the forefront of the battle against AIDS. The Vatican encourages sexual abstinence to fight the spread of the disease.
“You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms,” the pope told reporters aboard the Alitalia plane headed to Yaounde, Cameroon. “On the contrary, it increases the problem.”
Some priests and nuns working with victims of the AIDS pandemic ravaging Africa question the church’s opposition to condoms.
The pope also said that he intends to make an appeal for “international solidarity” for Africa in the face of the global economic downturn.
This morality comes from an arch-conservative mind that started out in life as a Hitler Youth and wound up (before the papacy) becoming the prefect of The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, previously known as the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Universal Inquisition (wikipedia) Isn't ironic that a German Hitler Youth should become head of the Inquisition? What theologian and scholar Hans Kung wrote about the papacy of John-Paul II would be doubly applicable to the current one:
He could also have said avaricious, hidabound, narrow minded and fascist. Perhaps Kung's most famous quote applies to Benedict as well:A mediocre, rigid, and more conservative episcopate will be the lasting legacy of this papacy.
I seriously doubt that Benedict will initiate any serious dialogue with anyone who goes up against his stance on condoms and abstinence."There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions. There will be no peace among the religions without dialogue among the religions."
Just a thought.