Chapter . The Pope and Condoms
During his first visit to Africa, Pope Benedict XVI reignited the controversy over the Catholic church’s stance on condoms by saying they are not the answer to the continent’s AIDS epidemic. “You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms,” the pope told reporters. “On the contrary, it increases the problem.”
According to the Associated Press, three-quarters of all AIDS deaths worldwide were in sub-Saharan Africa, where some 22 million people are infected with HIV. The pope’s reliance on religious dogma didn’t go unnoticed by cartoonists worldwide, who took the pontiff to task for irresponsibly blaming condoms for making the AIDS epidemic in Africa worse.