Was the Pope Taken Out of Context on Condoms Increasing the AIDS epidemic?

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Here is what the Pope said yesterday in his visit to Africa,

“The problem cannot be overcome by distributing condoms. It only increases the problem,”

The main stream media has taken this to mean that the Pope somehow believes that the use of condoms makes AIDS worse or results in more people having AIDS. It makes the Pope out to look uninformed and completely out of touch. But here is more of what he had to say,

“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…”

From what I can tell the problem he is talking about here is not just AIDS. He is talking about a mindset. He is talking about the sin problem and the worldview problem of what is the root behind the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In other words, condoms are only a “cover up” for the real problem. It is only a symptom solution. If we could touch people’s hearts and get them to see life from a Christ-like point of view then the AIDS epidemic would die out. Maybe I am misreading him here but that seems to be the message he was trying to get across rather than saying that using condoms gives more people AIDS.

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