Pope 'publicly distorted' science in condom row: Lancet

March 26, 2009

One of the world's top medical journals accused Pope Benedict XVI on Friday of having distorted scientific evidence in his remarks on condom use and demanded he make a retraction.

"By saying that condoms exacerbate the problem of HIV/AIDS, the Pope has publicly distorted scientific evidence to promote on this issue," The said in an editorial.

"Whether the Pope's error was due to ignorance or a deliberate attempt to manipulate science to support Catholic ideology is unclear.

"But the comment still stands, and the Vatican's attempts to tweak the Pope's words, further tampering with the truth, is not the way forward."

The London-based journal added: "When any influential person, be it a religious or political figure, makes a false scientific statement that could be devastating to the health of millions of people, they should retract or correct the public record.

"Anything less from Pope Benedict would be an immense disservice to the public and health advocates, including many thousands of Catholics, who work tirelessly to try and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide."

The pope made the last week when he travelled to Africa, the worst-hit continent for AIDS.

AIDS is a tragedy "that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems," the pope said aboard his flight to Cameroon.

(c) 2009 AFP

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not rated yet Apr 27, 2009
The pope can burn in hell. The number one thing that can bring a better life to these people in third world countries is contraception. They are very very ignorant and thus very very superstitious. They often don't even know of bacteria and viruses and have myths to explain disease. So the pope goes down there and tells this superstitious lot that not only are you going to hell for using condemns, you also are going to spread HIV!

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