… but I’m certainly opposed to many things said and done by the Catholic “authorities”.

One of things I’ve always been convinced of is that the pope is directly responsible for the loss of millions of lives (mostly in Africa) by forbidding the use of condoms and thereby helping to spread AIDS. Here’s an article which summarizes many things concerning the “spiritual father” which upset me so much: http://www.newstatesman.com/200504110002

[I don’t know how these people can sleep at night, when they could save so many lives by just publicly announcing: “Please use condoms!” – Just imagine the power of a sexual education campaign with the pope as a figurehead…]

On a related note, here‘s a speech given by Nelson Mandela on the topic of AIDS.

Finally, a success story from Uganda, where politicians fortunately reacted in an appropriate manner and helped to bring down infection rates. http://www.avert.org/aidsuganda.htm