What 'everybody knows'-- but it's wrong

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Mar 20, 2009

The fashionable world "knows" that the Pope is wrong about AIDS and condoms. Pundits assure us, again and again, that the Pope is simply, flat-out wrong about the facts. Condoms do prevent the spread of AIDS, they tell us; it's an established scientific fact.

Curious, isn't it, that the evidence to support that "fact" hasn't yet arrived in Cambridge?

"‘We have found no consistent associations between condom use and lower HIV-infection rates, which, 25 years into the pandemic, we should be seeing if this intervention was working.”

 Edward C. Green,

Director, AIDS Prevention Research Project,

Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University

If the distribution of condoms is the "compassionate" response to AIDS, it's a kind of compassion that kills. Maybe condoms usually work, but "usually" isn't good enough when you're dealing with a fatal disease. The stubborn statistics belie the ideological claims:

In Thailand, Dr Somchai Pinyopornpanich, deputy head of the Disease Control Department in Bangkok, said that 46.9 per cent of men and 39.1 per cent of women who use condoms are infected by HIV-AIDS.

 

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: nix898049 - Sep. 21, 2018 7:51 PM ET USA

    Pope Emeritus Benedict was the genuine article. In my opinion, the most honest man to occupy the chair of Peter in my lifetime. (I appeared on the scene at the very end of Pius XII's reign and JPI's was too brief) Thank you, Phil, for standing up to his critics. You and Fr. Benedict are both in my prayers.