As his name suggests, he lives in century XVI

The male latex condom is the single, most efficient, available technology to reduce the sexual transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

The text above is what UNAIDS said five years ago and had to remember this week to politely answer Pope Benedict XVI, who recently said–in his first visit to Africa–that condoms could make African AIDS crisis worse.

This is the best that the Pope, such a finest theologian and smart person, can contribute to tackle the disease. If he did it to draw our attention, congrats, you got it.

Not only he is wrong, but he is terribly wrong, and with his words he’s bringing death and suffering. Sure condoms are not the solution, like airbags and seat-belts are not the solution for car accidents. They are a mean to prevent the catastrophe (seems obvious, right?). Then you also teach people not to drink when they drive, to respect the traffic signs… it all comes in the same package.

I’m missing here a strong response from the priests and nuns not following this advice, and also big demonstrations promoted by the community the Roman Catholic Church is supposed to be. Like the crowds we see in these masses at The Vatican. Because being part of a community means working for it every single day, not only the big good days, isn’t it?

Update: From the witty people at La Bande Pas Dessinée.

La Bande Pas Dessinée

Gracias Ramon!

Yes, my friend

These are the times we are living in:

Barack Obama has first telephone conversation with the Pope: At a press conference on Tuesday the Vatican on infant mortality, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan of Mexico, the Pope’s “health minister”, strongly reiterated the Vatican’s opposition to using embryos for research purposes when asked about signs that Mr Obama might reverse or relax the Bush administration’s executive order banning the use of embryos and limiting federal spending for stem cell research. He said embryonic stem cell research “served no purpose”.

Hold on, there is more:

Religion can never justify terrorism or killing of innocents, General Assembly declares: “Concerned about serious instances of intolerance, discrimination, hatred expressions, and harassment of minority religious communities of all faiths, participating States underlined the importance of promoting dialogue, understanding, and tolerance among human beings, as well as respect for all their diverse religions, cultures and beliefs,” according to a declaration read out at a news conference by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the meeting concluded.

Last but not least:

Evolution, Creationism and Intelligent Design in the USA

Evolution, Creationism and Intelligent Design in the USA

Bon courage.