Papal visit of Pope on Thursday, anyone going………….to protest

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  • Mrs Toast
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11317441

    "The Vatican said the cardinal had not intended "any kind of slight", and was referring to the UK's multicultural society"

    Oh dear…

    yesiamtom
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    who cares about balanced opinion?

    If someone asked me what i thought of religion i would tell them i think "its a **** joke." Im entitled to my opinion and thats it. I once got asked what i thought jesus was and told the nice lady i thought he was a terrorist along the same lines as Osama Bin Laden.

    Something that wont get me flamed like a tit for actually posting that then…Yes* family members may molest more children than religion but you are part of a family and have relatives end of story. You dont have to be a part of the church unless someone else forces you into it. Do you really think children (if given an adults ability to analyse situations) would join up to the catholic faith, get molested and still remain faithful?

    *im takign your words on this.

    Premier Icon Mark
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    Charlie, that's an eye opening graph and is very interesting. Do you know where the data has come from? I can't find any references or sources on the many eyes website.

    ahwiles
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    i'd love to see a graph showing 'population growth vs catholic population (%)'

    by far, the biggest, problem, we face, BY MILES, is over population.

    (dodgy punctuation added for theatrical effect…)

    Actually, further to Charlie Mungus' post, there are apparently 2.3 million people living with HIV/AIDS in India. India is a predominantly Hindu country, with a very small minority of Catholics.

    http://www.avert.org/india-hiv-aids-statistics.htm

    Hinduism does not forbid the use of contraception. Neither does Islam, mainly. The problem isn't religious objection to contraception/use of condoms, more the inability to afford it.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    i'd love to see a graph showing 'population growth vs catholic population (%)'

    Feel free to create one to suit your own theory, try many eyes site.

    I'd love to see a graph showing 'population growth vs catholic population (%)'

    Here's a map:

    Read into that what you will.

    Premier Icon Mark
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    The question is not really anything to do with Hinduism or the total number of HIV infections in a given population but rather does any kind of catholic element in the population have an effect on the number of infections. If the pope says yes to condom use and THEN the incidences of HIV reduced or increased by any significant number at all then it would be fair to say that Catholicism does have an impact on the number of HIV infections one way or another. It's the change of infections as a result of a change in number of catholics in a population that would give us information of the impact of Catholicism on HIV infections. Simply measuring infections against the number of catholics is rather misleading.

    Simply measuring infections against the number of catholics is rather misleading.

    Yes, but I think it's being suggested on here by some that somehow Catholicism is responsible for the prevalence of AIDS/HIV, which it's reasonable to suggest is unfounded. Certainly, studies suggest poverty, education and access to condoms are far more important factors to consider.

    Catholics, condoms and AIDS

    The problem is that they use their leverage to prevent charities or NGOs distributing free condoms to reduce AIDS

    The catholic church is a force for evil on this and is responsible for millions of preventable deaths.

    Their influence goes far beyond the followers of the religion.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/1465326.stm

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2009/oct/08/hiv-aids-catholic-church-condoms

    The catholic church is a force for evil on this and is responsible for millions of preventable deaths.

    Really? You surprise me on this one Jeremy, as you're normally pretty thoughtful and open minded about stuff.

    So you don't think that the lack of availability of condoms, the sharing of needles or lack of education have anything to do with the spread of AIDS/HIV? It's all down to Catholicism? Got any real evidence to back up this claim?

    I won't deny that Catholic doctrine has a negative influence on this terrible situation. But to suggest that Catholicism is responsible for 'millions of deaths' is just a bit reactionary, wouldn't you say?

    From you second link:

    Let's get some facts straight. Condoms prevent HIV.

    Wrong. Condoms help prevent HIV infection. That is irresponsible journalism. Also, condoms are very often re-used in many poorer countries, especially by sex workers. This drastically reduces their effectiveness. Poor quality condoms have a much higher failure rate. Storge conditions have a marked effect on their integrity. The condom is not the one thing that will stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. It can only help slow it down.

    Elfie – am am so angry about this.

    The catholic church uses its influence to prevent non catholic organisations distributing free condoms.

    This is responsible for millions of preventable deaths. A significant % of the deaths from aids could have been prevented if condoms had been made available.

    American Evangelical churches do the same foul trick.

    Condoms are he best method we have along with education for preventing the spread of AIDS. The catholic church uses its influence to prevent condoms being used anywhere by anyone.

    This is responsible for millions of deaths – of this there is no doubt in my mind.

    Filthy
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    Have you ever seen them together?

    Junkyard
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    The condom is not the one thing that will stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. It can only help slow it down

    Yes we need abstinence dont we. Sex only in wedlock between hetrosexuals to really stop it. Amen Brother Amen I hear your call Friar Fred
    HOw many do you think have dies because of the Catholic church attitude towards condom use?AIds, children dying from malnutrition? How high does it need to be for you to be outraged?

    won't deny that Catholic doctrine has a negative influence on this terrible situation

    I cant deny that Tony Blair has had a negative influence on the lives on many Iraqis ….the deceased ones 🙄

    surfer
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    Wrong. Condoms help prevent HIV infection. That is irresponsible journalism. Also, condoms are very often re-used in many poorer countries, especially by sex workers. This drastically reduces their effectiveness. Poor quality condoms have a much higher failure rate. Storge conditions have a marked effect on their integrity. The condom is not the one thing that will stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. It can only help slow it down.

    This is wrong on so many levels. Its got to be Fred

    TJ; I'm not denying that the Catholic church is guilty of spreading misinformation and in some cases even lies. I'm not defending Catholicism's stance on contraception. I know people who've done aid work in Sub Saharan Africa, and they've told me one of the biggest problems they face is the negative and damaging influence the Church has on the work they are trying to do. Yes, the Vatican needs to look at it's stance here, and change it's tack for the good of Humanity. I totally agree that the Pope should have to face the reality of the damage Catholic Doctrine is causing.

    BUT

    To blame Catholicism for causing the deaths and the spread of HIV/AIDS is like blaming car manufacturers for road deaths in the UK, sort of. People are ultimately responsible for their own actions.

    My point is that I don't think it's helpful to go round accusing and blaming. What's more productive is to engage Catholics and the Vatican in discussion about how Catholic doctrine might be moderated in certain situations, such as this one. IE, to start seeing condom use not as a way of preventing life, but preventing death, as one of the journos in your links says. To take a different perspective on matters. Many Catholic priests and Bishops worldwide have adopted this view. Hopefully, more and more will see the logic and benefit to Humanity, in doing the same. But I really don't think condemning religion in this way helps make for better relations.

    I find it sad that discussions of this kind often descends into people blaming and accusing, and spouting their own prejudices without adequate thought or consideration for others, or even understanding of what it is they're attacking. I'm not religious; I disagree with many aspects of religious doctrine, and religious practices. But I see also there is a lot of good in religion too. I think it's essential to look at things with an open mind and a broader perspective. Which is why I think it's great that this thread was re-opened. Good decision by the mods.

    TJ I see where you're coming from, and I think it's admirable that someone can feel passionate about something like this. There's too much apathy in our society, too much complacency. Too much looking the other way.

    This is wrong on so many levels.

    Oh really? Care to tell me why?

    surfer
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    Wrong. Condoms help prevent HIV infection. That is irresponsible journalism. Also, condoms are very often re-used in many poorer countries, especially by sex workers. This drastically reduces their effectiveness. Poor quality condoms have a much higher failure rate. Storge conditions have a marked effect on their integrity. The condom is not the one thing that will stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. It can only help slow it down.

    Barrier protection stops infection when used correctly. What you refer to storage, reuse etc they are Red Herrings. Condoms in correct use have an almost 100% success rate. Referring to poor quality condoms is also a smokescreen, the fact that condoms sometimes tear, come off etc doesn't mean their use is infective in controlling the spread of aids.
    It is a matter of fact that the church has blood on its hands in this matter and you are dancing on the head of a pin.

    Elfin. Without the Catholic churchs input many more people would be alive now that are not. Thus they are responsible for many many deaths.

    Surfer; I've worked as an outreach worker in east London, giving advice on drug use and HIV/AIDS to youngsters. Had training from healthcare professionals specialised in HIV/AIDS. Met an HIV sufferer who contracted the virus through 'protected' sex (the condom failed). Learned about the reality of condom use here in the UK and in places like Africa. So, not an expert by any means, but possibly slightly more knowledgeable than some folk.

    Saying that condoms are a 100% prevention from HIV infection is extremely irresponsible. Re storage and reuse; not a 'red herring' at all. Talk to HIV workers who've worked in Africa. The heat in some regions is more than enough to degrade the rubber. Re-using a condom is extremely risky.

    I'm not saying they're ineffective; where did I say that? Talk about taking things well out of context, to make a point.

    Pft.

    I think that the Catholic Church and the Vatican are acting an an extremely irresponsible manner. But to suggest that they have 'blood on their hands' is simply sensationalist rhetoric. What is more helpful in this situation is dialogue and understanding. This is not going to be achieved through hate and anger.

    If I have unprotected sex with someone in Africa, because my belief tells me that that using condoms is wrong, and I contract HIV, is the Catholic Church responsible for my actions? We are all free to make our own decisions.

    Let's not forget, also, that Catholicism advocates monogamy and sex only within 'marriage'. One of the biggest problems in Africa is that people will sleep with multiple partners. Which Catholicism forbids. Going to blame Catholicism for that? That they lack knowledge and are perhaps misguided in their beliefs is the difference between that continent and Europe. So, education is the key here.

    Drac – Member

    i'd love to see a graph showing 'population growth vs catholic population (%)'

    Feel free to create one to suit your own theory, try many eyes site.

    Drac, you follow blindly. Find data which counters that presented.

    Data from here,http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/rel_cat_as_per-religion-catholics-as-percentage
    and before you criticise the source, think about the criticism and whether or not it is plausible

    TandemJeremy – Member

    Elfin. Without the Catholic churchs input many more people would be alive now that are not. Thus they are responsible for many many deaths.

    What about people who would have died but did not? Perhaps due to their faith or the outreach work of the Church, the work of Cafod?

    Wanna take a guess on how many lives Cafod have saved? would it be as much as 'many many'?

    Frankers
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    Well….

    Being a Practising Catholic i'm looking forward to the Popes mass on Sunday, our Church is changing Sunday morning mass so we can watch it on TV.

    So to answer the OP's original question I won't be making a protest.

    CharlieMungus, don't try and reason with TJ. You may as well try and tell Canute he'll never turn back the tide. His sense of being utterly right is ingrained in his psyche, even when he isn't.

    Premier Icon sc-xc
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    Canute knew he couldn't turn back the tide. It was his followers who thought he was powerful enough to…

    Apologies for inaccuracy. Am pished. 😉

    Tim
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    So wouldn't it be nice if the church could support condom use and provide help to people at the same time?

    You know, a logical reason, not some utter rubbish about 'every sperm is sacred'.

    So until they start doing that, then yes, they are causing unneccessary suffering, because there is absolutely no need to deny condom use. Spirituality should take a back seat when the real world is concerned.

    Premier Icon duckman
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    I am no fan of the Italian theme park,but even by your standards that was pretty hysterical TJ.May we have some evidence of the millions of deaths caused by the Catholic Churches opposition to contraception.The only estimate I can find of deaths from aids on the avert site states 2 million WORLDWIDE in 2008.Since you refer to millions of deaths,does that mean they were all Catholic,and unwilling to wear a robbers mask?

    Premier Icon Mark
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    Thanks for the source Charlie.. I have no reason to doubt the numbers on that website.. However, one problem I have is that I can't cross reference the dots on the many eyes chart with the data from that website. My point is the many eyes graph (and I'm making a wider point about trusting statistics rather than targeting catholic arguments) doesn't back itself up with source data that will allow the chart to be repeated. In other words I still don;t have all the data needed to reproduce that graph and then be able to verify it and therefor be confident in quoting it in discussions and debates.

    When stats are brought to bear in debates it's important that we are able to verify them. No?

    clubber
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    No I won't protest though I do hope that plenty of people do.

    TJ's hysterical style as usual proves ineffective though he does have some valid points buried in there. The Catholic Church's stance on condom use does cause deaths from AIDS though it's also perfectly fair to say that they're not necessarily responsible (or not entirely at the minimum) as like Fred said, people do have a choice. They simply end up being a negative influence in this instance.

    Charlie's point about other people who the CC may have helped is reasonable but since one doesn't really exclude the other it's not really valid or relevant to the debate regarding AIDS/Condoms.

    As to the graph, proper source data needed, ideally corroborated beyond the Church's own as we're all well aware that people are quite happy to bend/deny/make up the truth in order to further the CC's interests.

    Tim
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    Thanks for the source Charlie.. I have no reason to doubt the numbers on that website.. However, one problem I have is that I can't cross reference the dots on the many eyes chart with the data from that website. My point is the many eyes graph (and I'm making a wider point about trusting statistics rather than targeting catholic arguments) doesn't back itself up with source data that will allow the chart to be repeated. In other words I still don;t have all the data needed to reproduce that graph and then be able to verify it and therefor be confident in quoting it in discussions and debates.

    When stats are brought to bear in debates it's important that we are able to verify them. No?

    You can get the source data by visiting the nationmaster site http://www.nationmaster.com and selecting the parameters you want. Is this what you meant? Of course, you could also look at the data which generated the chart on the manyeyes site

    As to the graph, proper source data needed, ideally corroborated beyond the Church's own as we're all well aware that people are quite happy to bend/deny/make up the truth in order to further the CC's interests.

    I thought the 'Catholic hierarchy' source was a bit dodgy, but then i could see no reason why they would deliberately underreport their number, over report, perhaps.

    And there is also the issue of scale, even if we doubled the numbers, the catholic precentages would be small. And we have to estimate what percentage of these catholics are practicing, what percentage of those don't use condoms and what percentage of those don't use them because the chucrch says. This ends up being a very small percentage.

    The point of this is that if the pope stopped saying 'No!', then the percentage of people who would change their behaviour is heading towards insignificant.

    Beyond raw comparisons. We also see that there is no correlation (regrdless of absolute values or percentages) between catholicism and incidence of those living with Aids.

    It seems many follow Dawkins as blindly as those who follow the pope

    DrJ
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    German soldier is pursuing a Pole through Warsaw. Just as he is about to shoot, the voice of God is heard.
    "Don't shoot this man, he is destined to be Pope one day"
    German soldier: "OK, but what about me?"
    God: "Well, you can be the one after"

    Coat? …

    Torminalis
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    Is he flying in on Prayer-Force 1?

    The point is the catholic church use their power and influence to stop condoms being distributed. They pressure governments to stop public health programmes using condoms as harm reduction.

    Its not just adherents of the catholic faith this affects – its all people in countries where they do this.

    This is why I find is so foul. I don't really care if they persuade gullible believers not to use condoms – but pressuring governments to stop harm reduction programmes by what is effectively blackmail is morally abhorrent.

    Look at the link I provided above about the Philippines for an example. This is a tactic they have used for years. "If you promote condom use we will close all our orphanages and hospices" what a choice for an impoverished government.

    Charlie – this is the point you miss. Its not just adherents of the catholic faith this affects.

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