[ExI] Medical journal says Pope full of shit

Stefano Vaj stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 19:59:15 UTC 2009

On Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 4:32 PM, John K Clark <jonkc at bellsouth.net> wrote:

> LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) - A prestigious medical journal on Friday
> accused Pope Benedict of distorting scientific evidence to promote Catholic
> doctrine by saying that condoms increase the spread of AIDS.

This is interesting, because for once the catholic church commits to
something with is verifiable and falsifiable.

Now, the question is: would the increased AIDS risks arising from of the
number of sexual intercourses that would not take place unless the
participants were confident in the their ability to avoid the risk of
sexually transmitted diseases (and of unwanted pregnancies, to be fair),
such as for instance broken condoms or other forms of exchange of fluids
during the intercourse,  exceed the reduction of contagion rate arising from
the use of condoms?

The answer seems obvious, but as an exquisitely empirical issue I do not see
how catholics would be able to claim for a "respect" of their opinions on
this one.

Stefano Vaj
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