Scientists have complained for years about junk science in the Bush White House. Now the pope is preaching the same thing!
One of the world's most prestigious medical journals, the Lancet, has accused Pope Benedict of distorting science in his remarks on condom use. It said the Pope's recent comments that condoms exacerbated the problem of HIV/Aids were wildly inaccurate and could have devastating consequences and that he had "publicly distorted scientific evidence to promote Catholic doctrine on this issue." The Pope had said the "cruel epidemic" should be tackled through abstinence and fidelity rather than condom use.
Speaking during his first visit to Africa, the Pope said HIV/Aids was "a tragedy that cannot be overcome by money alone, that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which can even increase the problem."
The Lancet says, "When any influential person, be it a religious or political figure, makes a false scientific statement that could be devastating to the health of millions of people, they should retract or correct the public record."
This pope is all about RULES, but Jesus was about BREAKING the rules. Mark 2:26-28 describes how Jesus's disciples were picking grain on the Sabbath, when some fundamentalist Pharisees criticized them and said, "Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?" He answered, "Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? ...He entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions." Then he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."
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