The Lancet has this week launched a ‘virulent’ attack on Pope Benedict XVI over his comments in relation to HIV/AIDS. Although the original comments date back to the Pope’s visit to Cameroon on 17 March, they appear to have engendered a high profile debate.
In his original speech, Benedict XVI stated that the HIV/AIDS virus was:
‘a tragedy that cannot be overcome by money alone, that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which can even increase the problem’.
It is this latter claim which appears to have greatly incensed The Lancet. Many individuals may agree with the Catholic Church’s teachings that the best way to avoid infection is to ensure either abstinence or fidelity within marriage. However, The Lancet is insistent that the Pope’s claim is nothing more than ‘distorted scientific evidence to promote Catholic doctrine on this issue’.
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