The Catholic Church, in its infinite wisdom, now appears to be saying that HIV and sperm can pass freely through condoms. I feel obligated to quote some choice tidbits:

In an interview, one of the Vatican's most senior cardinals Alfonso Lopez Trujillo suggested HIV could even pass through condoms.

"The Aids virus is roughly 450 times smaller than the spermatozoon. The spermatozoon can easily pass through the 'net' that is formed by the condom," he says.

The cardinal, who is president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family, suggests that governments should urge people not to use condoms.

"These margins of uncertainty...should represent an obligation on the part of the health ministries and all these campaigns to act in the same way as they do with regard to cigarettes, which they state to be a danger."


The Archbishop of Nairobi Raphael Ndingi Nzeki told Panaroma that condoms were helping to spread the virus.

"Aids...has grown so fast because of the availability of condoms," he said.

In Kenya, one in five people are HIV positive.

Gordon Wambi, director of an Aids testing programme in Lwak, near Lake Victoria, told the programme that he could not distribute condoms because of opposition from the Catholic Church.

"Some priests have even been saying that condoms are laced with HIV/Aids," he said.

11:24 <jwb> "jesus loves you and wants you to have HIV"
11:25 <jwb> it probably sounds happier in Latin

Here, have some Pat Robertson quotes to wash it all down.

No, really, brown bears are dangerous.

Feeling much more myself lately. More aikido, more singing, more zazen. I'm not quite straightened out...not quite cooked enough. But it's nice to know I'm not doing all this for nothing.