Saturday, 20 November 2010

Before The Spin Goes Global...

No, the Holy Father did not say that using condoms was ok in the case of HIV infection. His comments really do need to be read in context. The Curt Jester has an excellent analysis of what has been published in an excerpt from the book interview... and he has also explained why it's not being reported properly...

Interestingly, Jeff refers to this as the Ginger Factor: no, not a variant on blonde jokes, but a reference to Ginger the dog (in the Far Side cartoon by Gary Larson) who only hears his own name... it's the ratio of words said to words heard and understood...

2 comments:

Catholic with Attitude said...

Can you believe that somebody has already edited the Wikipedia page of the Holy Father with the following:

"However, in November of 2010, the Pope approved the use of condoms to fight against AIDS, saying the use can be morally justified. While the Pope still stressed that abstinence is the best policy in fighting off AIDS, he says that it is better to protect human life with use of a condom."

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for giving us the link to this website which has the actual words of the Pope from the book. Someone had mentioned this to me already this morning after Church and I said what I always say: "I'd like to see what the Pope actually said before I make a comment." As I expected his words were taken out of contex. People don't really listen do they?? We're all in such a rush.

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