March 18, 2009

Viva La France !

They are right about Jerry Lewis and Woody Allen. They are correct here as well.

France is criticizing comments by Pope Benedict that condom use is aggravating the AIDS problem in Africa.

A French Foreign Ministry spokesman, Eric Chevallier, said Wednesday that while it is not up to France to pass judgment on church doctrine, it considers such comments a threat to public health policies and the duty to protect life.

A Vatican spokesman, Federico Lombari, says the pontiff's comments are in line with the Catholic Church's doctrine, which opposes the use of contraceptives.

On Tuesday, the pope said AIDS cannot be overcome by the distribution of condoms. He said that condoms only increase the problem.

That contradicts the advice of many health officials, who recommend condoms as a way to prevent the spread of HIV, which causes AIDS.

About 22 million people are infected with HIV across sub-Saharan Africa, which reported three-quarters of all AIDS deaths worldwide in 2007.

Meanwhile, Pope Benedict met with Cameroon's bishops Wednesday and urged them to defend the rights of the poor and the values of the traditional African family.

Earlier, he met with Cameroon's President Paul Biya. No details of the talks were released.

Pope Benedict will spend three days in Cameroon on his week-long tour of Africa. He travels to Angola on Friday to celebrate Mass and meet with religious leaders.

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