This is what happened: On Monday, Pope Francis was asked whether the Roman Catholic Church could condone the use of condoms in the fight against AIDS.
He replied saying, "I don’t like getting into questions or reflections that are so technical when people die because they don’t have water or food or housing."
Pope Francis added that when those problems are solved, the world can address issues such as condoms and AIDS.
Prior to this, the Pope had already indicated he did not want to get in the middle of controversial cultural issues, and would like to focus on discussing what he enjoyed about his trip to Africa, according to the AP.
During his visit, Pope Francis visited HIV-infected children at a Ugandan hospital where he kissed each child, listened to the story of a girl who was born with the virus and thanked healthcare workers for helping people infected with HIV or AIDS but avoided referencing AIDS during his trip.
In a similar vein, Pope Benedict XVI also stirred up significant controversy during a 2009 visit to Africa when he said that condoms could actually worsen the continent’s problem with AIDS. n.
“The traditional teaching of the church has proven to be the only failsafe way to prevent the spread of HIV-AIDS,” Benedict XVI had said, the Guardian reported. “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.”
I must say the Popes are right biblically speaking, but the way of the world is different from the way of the church. And we all know the two sides will never see eye-to-eye on some issues, especially when it concerns sex.
***The pictures used were sourced online and do not represent my views.