Why The Pope Is Right About Condoms & The World Is Wrong
A quick glance at some of my theological Hubs will verify that although I was born a Catholic, as an adult I am emphatically not a practicing Christian of any conceivable form. Therefore, I am certainly not going to play the role of apologist for the Vatican, let alone Pope Benedict XVI who I consider little more than a hyperthyroid Curia bureaucrat and not even a faint shadow of his predecessor, the profoundly awe-inspiring John Paul II: the man who, for all intents and purposes, single handedly brought down the Berlin Wall.
However, I find myself firmly standing in the corner of this Pope when it comes to his recent comments in Africa with regards to HIV - AIDS, a viewpoint which has earned him a global headline pillory worthy of The Great Inquisition.
Benedict XVI stated that HIV - AIDS in Africa is "a tragedy that cannot be overcome by money alone, that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems". In earlier addresses to various African bishops who had travelled to Rome for a papal audience Benedict XVI stated "the traditional teaching of the church has proven to be the only failsafe way to prevent the spread of HIV - AIDS... It is of great concern that the fabric of African life, its very source of hope and stability, is threatened by divorce, abortion, prostitution, human trafficking and a contraception mentality."
Although most of my readers will vehemently object to this statement, I have to firmly place myself in the Pope's corner on this policy. As I have stated in my Why Condoms Are Responsible For Spreading STDs Hubs:
The use of condoms make the sexual partners feel that they are protected: Without as much as a thought as to the transmission probabilities of the rest of their sexual play. All this without the slightest realization that the use of the condom in actual fact makes virtually no difference to becoming infected.
Benedict XVI takes my commentary one step further indicating that it is the "traditional teaching of the church" which is central to the saving of countless millions of African lives, and I have to wholeheartedly agree with that statement as well.
It's simple. The vast majority of the population on Earth today is under the age of 30. They were born and raised in an era where sexuality is a sport, a hedonistic pleasure seeking activity along the lines of extreme sports or recreational drugs where the goal is to reach the "highest high," with absolutely no regard to the fundamental biological reason for sexuality, and that is procreation.
These billions of young people fail to realize that humanity has thrived in the structure of the nuclear family for dozens of millennia and it is only in the last quarter century or so that the bonds of this building block of society have been annihilated. This 21st century technological Sodom & Gomorrah we inhabit is not a sustainable human civilization by any means. It is the blink of an eon old eye where prior to an Apocalypse which may be social, military, financial, ecological or even theological (and to be truly feared, may be all of the above) humanity decided to have a blow out party to end all parties. Eat, drink, (fornicate), and be merry, for tomorrow you WILL die.
Although The Artist Formerly Known As And Now Known Again As Prince may have missed the mark by a decade or so, you can't argue with the essence of his argument:
Two Thousand Zero Zero, Party Over, Oops, Out Of Time.
Tonight We're Gonna Party, Like It's Nineteen Ninety Nine.
Therefore, I will now make a statement which will be welcomed by almost all my readers with the same unabashed, unanimous and enthusiastic agreement of submitting to intestinal surgery sans anaesthetic:
Sexual Intercourse Of Any Form Outside Of Stable, Lifelong Marriage Is The Single Greatest Threat To Continued Human Civilization.
The "contraception mentality" of our absurd age has created a completely false, erroneous, and overwhelmingly destructive global situation where the nihilistic, destructive media generates overwhelming peer pressure to see sexuality as an end in itself, denuding it of its spiritual bliss, and stripping it of any profound meaning and committment whatsoever.
In Andrew Dice Clay's famous words:
"My idea of a perfect date: AAAaaaauuuughhhhhh.... Now get out."
That is why Benedict XVI is trying to explain to a world that doesn't want to listen that the "traditional values" are the only way to prevent the utter decay of humanity. The only problem with that argument is that Pandora's Box has been opened and it will be well nigh impossible to seal it up again. I cannot foresee a world where virgins marry only virgins, thereby eliminating HIV - AIDS in a single generation. No, we will continue to pour untold billions of dollars into the "magic pill" which we expect to cure the retrovirus so that we can merrily continue to hump anything or anyone who drops their underpants in our presence.
Will humanity listen to Benedict XVI? Ha! Make me laugh. You'd get better odds on Lindsay Lohan becoming a nun. However, that does not detract from the fundamental absurdity of our lifestyles and the absolute certainty that we will not conquer HIV - AIDS, or achieve stability, security, and sustainability for our civilization... at least in our lifetimes.