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Carla Bruni Criticizes Pope For Anti-Condom Message

Say What? Carla Bruni's Straight Dope on the Pope

"I was born Catholic, I was baptised, but in my life I feel profoundly secular. I find that the controversy coming from the pope's (anti-condom) message — albeit distorted by the media — is very damaging. In Africa it's often church people who look after sick people. It's astonishing to see the difference between the theory and the reality."

French first lady Carla Bruni rebuked Pope Benedict XVI for saying last March that condoms worsen Africa's AIDS problem. Bruni said that the church should evolve on the issue of contraception and protection. Historians say it's unprecedented for a first lady to criticize the pope in traditionally Catholic France.


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dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
She is right. I assume the pope was making some sort of argument, as if condoms will promote more sex and thus more aids? Or perhaps if no condoms are available people won't have sex? Wrong. They'll have sex anyway. His policy is useless. His message is lost in the face of reality. Pass those things out for Gods sake.
sparklepants sparklepants 8 years
i wish more people would speak up as intelligently as she did
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
I think she did a nice job of criticizing the policy and not the person.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 8 years
Yeah she said it right :)
Nina_79 Nina_79 8 years
I agree, good for her.
Phil Phil 8 years
Amen superjules. The Pope's discouragement of condom use is archaic (much like religious belief in general) and unrealistic to the actual sexual practices of human beings. It's abstinence based in a species that biologically rejects abstinence and only serves to accelerate the transmission of HIV/AIDS in a continent already suffering from dramatically high rates of infection. It's astonishing that a figure that is supposed to be the model for compassion in a religion with millions of worldwide followers discourages the use of a tool that prevents transmission of a deadly, incurable disease that not only mortally affects affected sexual partners but the children that would result from the church-sanctioned omission of condom use.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
I agree; the Pope's statement could be extremely damaging in a country already dealing with a number of deaths from the disease. Condoms are necessary.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
Remember, she is not dismissing his whole message or Catholicism...just what it can and can't do in the continent of Africa. She is being rational in her explanation.
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
Lukin Lukin 8 years
Good for her. I completely agree.
superjules superjules 8 years
Good for her. Speak the truth, girl. The pope is merely a senile old man in Prada loafers, a dress and a funny hat. His "truth" is killing people and it's wrong. I'm all for believing whatever nonsense you want to believe as long as it doesn't hurt anybody else. His nonsense hurts way too many people and that makes me mad.
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