I hold the pope personally responsible for the HIV and AIDS related deaths in much of Africa and developing nations such as the Philippines.
His ‘no condom’ stance (excepting male prostitutes) does not help prevent the spread of STI’s. No more than not wearing seat belts prevents injury in driving accidents.
Even though people like Mother Theresa also promoted such dangerous practices, I saw her as a poorly educated woman who sincerely believed in the authority of the Catholic church. To me, that belief was her main crime.
The pope? He is the authority. He owns more blame.
He is educated and intelligent – he must have the capacity to grasp the dangers of overpopulation, the strain of continual pregnancy and deaths caused by that, the personal and relational stresses of such unhealthy teaching about sex.
Let alone the vast numbers of women and children who are infected with AIDS because their husbands don’t wear condoms.
I won’t talk about the belief, common in countries such as India, Thailand and other African countries, that sex with a young virgin (as young as three in some cases) will cure a man of HIV. The Pope, as far as I know, says nothing there but prefers to condemn the use of condoms instead.
Hitler is often used as the personification of evil. I think it an unfair gimmick to remove ourselves from the hideousness of what happened – we all have capacity for monstrosity in us. However, people rallied around his monstrous ideas and carried them out. The pope is just as guilty as Hitler. The Catholic church has the same role as the Brown Shirts in enforcing these ideas.
And yet, the British government paid for the Pope’s last visit to England.
I can find a lot in Catholicism that is beautiful in spite of some traditions and teachings, but a government should not sponsor a organization that makes its money off the poorest of the poor and ensures they stay that way through guilt, high birth rate, and extra taxes.
The Pope should be tried as an accomplice to the deaths of many Catholic AIDS victims and the overpopulation issues in many developing nations.