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The Pope’s condom problem

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In case you haven’t been following this, Pope Benedict XVI is doing a tour of Africa and is sticking to his guns about the whole condom thing… ie., use one during a horizontal bop session you’ll be slingin’ coal into the abyss once you rid yourself of your mortal coil.

In the name of all things that are human, when will the RC’s get their collective heads out of the sand? Condoms are the most practical way to stem the tide of AIDS that is devastating many families and communities in Africa. Instead of realising the inevitable slap-your-hand-on-the forehead-Mr.-Obvious-thing and begin to move into this millennium, the Catholic Church is actually becoming more forceful in its opposition to the use of condoms or other forms of birth control.

He (the Pope) had never directly addressed condom use, but has said the Roman Catholic Church is in the forefront of the battle against AIDS. The Vatican encourages sexual abstinence to fight the spread of the disease.

“You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms,” the pope told reporters aboard the Alitalia plane on its way to Yaounde, Cameroon, where he has arrived to start his first visit to Africa as pontiff. “On the contrary, it increases the problem.”

Abstinence? “Increasing the problem”? What are they smoking?

At least the last guy who wore the long robes and major bling bling seemed to be at least approaching the last century in terms of his thinking. This dude is having 12th c. flashbacks!

Abstinence has ever been and will never be the answer to the AIDS problem, or teen pregnancies, or STDs. Hormones will always out-trump reason – always has and always will. Condoms are a cheap and effective way to prevent pregnancies and scales back the rate of population growth in the developing world. Even Sarah Palin’s daughter is saying that abstinence is not a practical option. In an interview with Christian Today, Bristol declares the following: “Everyone should be abstinent…but it is not realistic at all.”

PLUS they are an effective barrier against HIV.

PLUS they are relatively inexpensive – especially when compared to the social cost of carrying for AIDS victims.

PLUS what is wrong with sex anyways? Over at the Perpetual Post (a blog I just discovered), they said it best:

People, there is nothing wrong with having sex, provided you’re smart about it. But the thing is, the average person isn’t actually all that smart. And these are the folks who are breeding like crazy, further dumbing down the gene pool with many, many equally dumb babies. So, the very least we, the intelligent portion of the population, can do is to make knowledge available – namely, knowledge about how to have sex without disastrous repercussions.

Why oh why is this archaic institution still around? There are millions upon millions of Catholics who go along with these medieval edicts and carry them close to their heart. I will never in my life understand why.


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  1. Cyril Fitzgerald says:

    As a former student studying for the Catholic Priesthood, I now wonder how I was sooo naive….

    Humankind now has more intelligence than centuries past… In one 0.01% “sense” I “admire” the Catholic Church from not “becoming a trendy reflection of society” – after all, a trend of society does not reflect/indicate/appreciate a traditional Christian God…. But, during my studies, I was “expected to assume” that what was taught was the “objective truth”…. YEAH RIGHT!
    My creator gave me intelligence (along with other “hard life stuff” – which I need to learn from….) But I don’t think that my creator would “take me for a fool” – as I believe, I am an appreciative, intelligent, human being, whom “he” created…) BUT NO, traditional “Catholic”/”Papist” views would assume that I would, LITERALLY, believe/assume that “Communion Wine” IS ACTUALLY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST,and the same applies to “Communion Bread”… HELLO?! HELLO?! Leaders of the Catholic Church, do you HONESTLY believe that Christians still think “along the same lines” of, at least, 500 years ago? NAH – BUT IT’S EASIER TO KEEP QUIET EH? YA MIGHT BECOME A CARDINAL/POPE ETC. YAWN, YAWN…. I admire the works of HANS KUNG and CARL BARTH…..

  2. XUP says:

    Well, they actually don’t want anyone to fuck around at all. They want people to have sex only within a sanctified marriage for the purposed of procreation. Their postion is that the advent of readily accessible birth control started us all on the road to unholy promiscuity so if they take away all forms of birth control and STD protection, we’ll all be too scared to fuck around. Nice thought, but history should tell them that that ain’t gonna happen.

  3. trashee says:

    Furthermore, the Catholic Church ENCOURAGES humans to fuck around without protection.
    Check out the vid I’m about to post. Gotta love Monty Python!

  4. XUP says:

    Well, I guess as the pope, he reckons he can’t make the sign of the cross and say, “go forth and fuck like rabbits — here are some condoms.” Yes, he does have his holy pontiff head up his holy pontiff arse as I acknowledge on my blog. On the other hand, it’s also a really sad statement on humanity that we are too freakin’ stupid to stop doing stuff that’s going to kill us. Bad enough that we keep snarfing down the Big Macs and sucking nicotine into our lungs – now we don’t even have the self-discipline/control to not fuck around without protection?

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