Friday, June 10, 2005

so it begins

The new pope has told a group of visiting African bishops that Church teachings are "the only failsafe" protection against AIDS, and decried the "contraception mentality" destroying Africa's moral fabric.

In other words, no condoms for Africa.

23% of the adult population of South Africa has HIV/AIDS. Whether you want to look at that as slightly more than one in five or slightly less than one in four is inconsequential, it's still too damn high.

And Holy Mother Church wonders why it's losing sway...when it is paying so much attention to how things really are in the world.