Friday, March 20, 2009

An open letter to Pope Benedict

Your Holiness,

The day you understand that your Lexan fishtank is a prophylactic against death and dutifully abstain from its use, then and only then may you lecture others for availing themselves of the same protection.

In the depths of AIDS-ravaged Africa, the latex prophylactic is a decision to shield one's self from death. The impediment to fathering a child is incidental at that point. Wives acquire HIV from their husbands, children from their mothers, husbands from their wives. If the rate of infection can be stemmed, and it takes a condom, what right have you to criticize those who would insulate themselves from the poor decisions of others?

The roots of the AIDS crisis in Africa are deep and will require more than one solution. Poverty and personal behavior play their roles. There are many laudable long-term solutions to the crisis, none of which will be possible if we do not stem the rate of infection now.

We have, right now, on option available that has proven to reduce infection rates and give all of us the time we so desperately need to find real solutions to the other parts of the equation.

Shame on you sir. The damage your careless words caused cannot be measured among the faithful of your flock, it can only be mitigated. Look to the plank in your own eye ere you poke your finger into the eye of another who is just trying to survive the day.

Sincerely, etc.
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? " Matthew 7:3

1 comment:

  1. Hear, hear.

    Exactly why a sixth of the world thinks that the most qualified person to turn for advice on sex and reproductive health is a doddering old celibate, I don't know.


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