This guy really knows how to get people's backs up. Pope Benedict has once again incurred condemnation from governments around the world. France and Germany, as well as the EU and global health experts worldwide, have taken on his claim while in Africa that condoms actually cause HIV transmission to increase:
"France voices extremely strong concern over the consequences of Benedict XVI's comments," said a French foreign ministry spokesman. "While it is not up to us to pass judgment on Church doctrine, we consider that such comments are a threat to public health policies and the duty to protect human life."
The danger of remarks like the Pope's can't be underestimated.. This news is really astounding: It's estimated that 3% of people in Washington DC have HIV or AIDS. At a time when science and education are crucial this madman is actually giving people information that will kill them, couching it not as his moral belief but as actual public health strategy. He should be condemned from here to kingdom come.