March 19, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Edward C. Green, director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, has said that the evidence confirms that the Pope is correct in his assessment that condom distribution exacerbates the problem of AIDS. “The pope is correct,” Green told National Review Online Wednesday, “or put it a better way, the best evidence we have supports the pope’s comments.” For the rest of the story, click here.
Russian Orthodox back Pope Benedict on condoms/AIDS
The Russian Orthodox Church has issued a statement of support for Pope Benedict XVI in the controversy over his comment that condoms are not the best solution to the AIDS epidemic. Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, who heads the external-relations department for the Moscow patriarchate, said: “It is incorrect to consider condoms as a panacea.” Moral behavior is a better defense against AIDS, he said.
Why condoms have failed in Africa: a report from the scene
A Nigerian observer argues that the Western elitists who mocked Pope Benedict for his statement on condoms fail to realize the practical realities of life in sub-Saharan countries. Reliance on condoms, he says, shows a complete lack of understanding of how these societies live. His conclusion: “The West is addicted to technology as a substitute for free will and moral effort.”