Pope says Africans should think of Mother Theresa
The Pope’s advisers are trying to defuse an international row after he denounced the use of condoms as a protection against Aids. Benedict XVI caused controversy after he said Aids was a tragedy “that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems”.
Instead of using condoms, the Pope has issued a plea for abstinence and has recommended that people follow his lead and think about something off-putting when seized by the temptation for carnal lust. His Holiness said that what really worked well for him was thinking of the late Mother Theresa on the toilet. Another favourite trick was to remember the tragic fall of the Third Reich and all the hours he wasted on those Hitler Youth rallies.
Benedict said that while people may be tempted to use condoms to stop the spread of a disease which claims the lives of two million Africans every year, he didn’t think that justified going against the teachings of the church. He said that if God had wanted people to use contraceptives to prevent the spread of HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa then it would have said so in the Bible. It doesn’t and nor does it mention the World Health Organisation or Sir Bob Bloody Geldof.