Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Stop the Pope speaking out against condoms: petition

Received the message below today from Jean. I've signed the petition and hope many others will too.

Did you see the Pope's anti-condom speech in Africa? He said condoms could risk increasing the spread of AIDS! This goes against all the research and is a massive set back to years of prevention and education projects on a continent with 22 million men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. I have just signed this petition which will be delivered to the Vatican asking the Pope to stop speaking out against condoms. A massive global outcry could influence any further statements he makes...just click on the link to add your name to this urgent petition; together, our voices could save lives:


Thank you!

Further information:

The official position of the UN and the World Health Organization on condoms and AIDS prevention: http://www.unaids.org/en/KnowledgeCentre/Resources/FeatureStories/archive/2009/20090319_preventionposition.asp
The Pope's statement opposing condoms

European governments criticise Pope Benedict for his statement http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7950671.stm

Condoms 'aggravate' AIDS scourge, Pope says: http://www.nationalpost.com/news/world/story.html?id=1399781

CNN Report on the Pope’s anti-condom position:

Vatican backtracking on condom statement: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article5934912.ece

Growth of the Catholic Church in Africa, see:
and http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29777984/

South African Bishop supporting condom use:

UNAIDS Report on the AIDS epidemic: http://www.unaids.org/en/CountryResponses/Regions/default.asp


  1. Well that's a waste of time. Myself, I think that the bloke is a blithering idiot - anyone who's got to his age without discovering the simple joys of a good shag has summat wrong with 'em IMHO - but that's popes for you. Simple truth of the matter is that this twonk believes that he's speaking for "Holy Mother Church"... and she isn't a democrat. You'd be better off signing a petition to ask cows to fart less.

  2. Dont mince your words Lizard Watcher!!

    I did wonder when I signed the petition whether it might be pointless because of the nature of the organisation. However, I think the fact that officials backtracked on his original statement shows some unease and some internal debate in the Catholic Church. In any case you have to give it a go!!

    Its also about creating debate amongst the public on the issue and getting pressure applied for safer sexual practices everywhere.


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