People have even poked fun at the doctrines of churches: the "excessive" laws of Orthodox Jews, the rituals of services, the idea of symbol versus real presence. Making fun of what you don't understand seems to be natural for most people.
But when the Pope tried to make our doctrine of open-ness to procreation in every sex act more understood by making the statement that the spread of HIV and Aids in Africa should be tackled through fidelity and abstinence and not by condoms, more hecklers in a mean spirit come to the forefront. And this in a society of extreme tolerance. Tisk, tisk.
I'm not a Catholic scholar. In fact, I'm a convert who is still learning about the Church, the rich history, and the 'whys' behind them all. And maybe I'm looking at this with a skewed perception, but Pope Condoms raise my hackles.
A Dutch company is planning on giving away what they are calling Pope Condoms to make a point about STDs and unwanted pregnancies.
Uh, what point? We are not animals. Humans have the ability and responsibility to control our urges, sexual and otherwise. Just as we (should) control our urges against porn, over-eating, drugs, pediphelia, violence, too much make up and cell phones while driving, we must control our sexual urges. We are not animals.
Says the Pope:
"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," he added.
Agreed. Africa has a real problem with HIV and STDs.
Agreed. Something must be done.
However, education, abstinence, and virtue are the keys to stopping this plague upon men. And just as we in America, Canada, England, Europe, are NOT ANIMALS, neither are the men and women of Africa.
I am Catholic. I fully believe that the sex act should be reserved for the sacrament of marriage and always be open to the transmission of life. I believe that allowing the use of contraceptives is a step on the road to hell.
"Just one wafer thin mint" says the fat man in Monty Python before he explodes.
Just this one "lesser of two evils" says some of the clergy.
I am now braced for your hate mail. But realize this: Who is to say that these poor people actually would use condoms? If not before, then why now?