“You can’t resolve HIV/AIDS with the distribution of condoms,” the pope told reporters “On the contrary, it increases the problem. The pope said a responsible and moral attitude toward sex would help fight the disease; The Catholic Church rejects the use of condoms as part of its overall teaching against artificial contraception. Senior Vatican officials have advocated fidelity in marriage and abstinence from premarital sex as key weapons in the fight against AIDS.
The irony is that the Pope uttered these sentiments while visiting a continent that has been torn apart by the HIV epidemic. It is very irresponsible for a religious leader such as the Pope with a large Catholic following to make such a statement without fully assessing the consequences. I understand the religious debate behind distributing condoms, but the reality on the ground will not only be solved by biblical principles. Sub-Saharan Africa and many other parts of the world are in the midst of the HIV/AIDS pandemic—– we have reached a stage where we have to throw the kitchen sink at this pandemic.
We can’t afford to take any preventive strategies off the table. The Pope and proponents of this school of thought need to understand that condoms continue to save millions of lives. Simply preaching the message of abstinence has not worked in the past and will not work in the future. There have been successful stories and significant results through campaigns which promote the ‘ABC’ model of AIDS prevention: (A) Abstinence, (B) Be Faithful and (C) (use a) Condom if the first two fail. It is important to always have a safety net because every life is worth saving—- When it comes to fighting HIV/AIDS; I believe that the end justifies the means.
© Kawuma Daniel Busuulwa