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The estimable Johann Hari argues that there are plenty of reasons to hate Joseph Ratzinger. Muslims just happened to have picked the wrong one: For over a decade now, he has been one of the primary defenders of priests who … Read More

By / September 21, 2006

The estimable Johann Hari argues that there are plenty of reasons to hate Joseph Ratzinger. Muslims just happened to have picked the wrong one:

For over a decade now, he has been one of the primary defenders of priests who go to the poorest, most vulnerable people in the world and tell them condoms are the cause of AIDS. In the past year, I have sat in two Catholic churches thousands of miles apart and listened while a Catholic priest told illiterate people with no alternative sources of information that condoms come pre-infected with AIDS and are the reason people die of it. In Bukavu, a crater-city in Congo, and in the slums ringing Caracas, Venezuela, people believed it. They told me they “would not go to Heaven” if they used condoms, and that condoms contain tiny invisible holes through which the virus passes – the advice their priest had doled out. I did not stumble across a pair of freakish exceptions. A slew of human rights groups have documented how these lethal lies have been orchestrated by the Vatican itself, with Ratzinger humming along in the background. The president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, said, “The AIDS virus is roughly 450 times smaller than the spermatozoon. The spermatozoon can easily pass through the ‘net’ that is formed by the condom.” These people have not been sacked by Ratzinger; many have been promoted.

Here's a contradiction I've yet to see in print: How comes it that Catholic nationalists who scream about the rapidly declining population of Anglo-Saxon and Norman bloodlines in Europe then take their metaphysical queques from clerics who think the third world could use more emigration-ready poor people?

 

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