Pope Benedict’s recent brief remark against condoms has caused an uproar in the press, but several prominent scientists dedicated to preventing AIDS are defending the Pope, saying he was correct in his analysis. In an interview with CNA, Dr. Edward Green explained that although condoms should work, in theory, they may be “exacerbating the problem” in Africa.
Benedict XVI’s Tuesday comments on condoms were made as part of his explanation of the Church’s two prong approach to fighting AIDS. At one point in his response the Pontiff stressed that AIDS cannot be overcome by advertising slogans and distributing condoms and argued that they “worsen the problem.” The media responded with an avalanche of over 4,000 articles on the subject, calling Benedict a “threat to public health,” and saying that the Catholic Church should “enter the 21st century.”
Senior Harvard Research Scientist for AIDS Prevention, Dr. Edward Green, who is the author of five books, including “Rethinking AIDS Prevention: Learning from Successes in Developing Countries” discussed his support for Pope Benedict XVI’s comments with CNA.
According to Dr. Green, science is finding that the media is actually on the wrong side of the issue. In fact, Green says that not only do condoms not work, but that they may be “exacerbating the problem” in Africa.
Why would this come out on a Catholic site only days After the Pope proclaimed it? Let’s check up on Dr. Greens history and publications:
(1978-79) Vanderbilt University, Post-Doctoral Study, Mental Health Policy Analysis.
Ph.D. (1974) Catholic University of America (Anthropology)
M.A. (1968) Northwestern University (Anthropology)
B.A. (1967) George Washington University (Anthropology)
Green, Edward C., “Why We’re Losing the War Against HIV/AIDS. Christianity Today
(Interview by Timothy C. Morgan). 03/07/2005.
Green, E.C. and John Berman, “Dangerous Liaisons Fueling AIDS in Africa.” Op-ed The
Washington Times. Dec. 28, 2003
E.C. Green, “A (Roma/Gypsy) Community’s Experience with a Faith-based
Organization.” CORE Initiative Discussion Forum Newsletter, Friday, January 24, 2003.
Green, E.C., “The Impact of Religious Organizations in Promoting HIV/AIDS
Prevention.” The CCIH Forum, Issue 11, Oct. 2001, pp. 2-11.
Mosley. H., and E.C. Green “FBOs and HIV Prevention Strategies.” Faith and Global
Health Caucus Satellite Series. Global Health Council Annual Meeting May 30, 2006.
Green, E.C. and Allison Herling, “The ABC Approach To HIV Prevention: Fresh
Evidence And Recent Controversies.” Annual Conference of Christian Connections in
International Health. “Pathways to Health and Wholeness.” Buckeystown, Maryland, May
Green, Edward C., Invited Plenary Session Keynote Address. “Lessons from Uganda.”
Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, North American Consultation on the
Role of the Church in the HIV/AIDS Pandemic. Louisville, Ky, 11/7/05.
Green, Edward C., “Has Uganda moved to Abstinence Only? “Christian Engagement in
Health Systems– Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going. CCIH Conference, Shady
Grove, Maryland May 28-31, 2005.
Green, E.C., “The Reasons HIV Prevalence Declined in Uganda.” Various versions
presented at, e.g. George Washington University School of Public Health, May 2003;
National Association of Evangelicals (“Evangelicals Respond to the Global AIDS
Crisis”), June 2003; The Medical Institute, Austin Texas, June 2003; Christian
Connections in International Health, May 2003; Harvard University Sept. and May 2002;
Green, E.C., “The Contribution of Faith-Based Organizations to HIV/AIDS prevention:
Evidence from Uganda and Jamaica.” Paper presented at “Challenges for the Church:
AIDS, Malaria & TB” (Conference Title), Christian Connections for International Health,
Arlington, Va., May 25-26, 2001. http://ccih.org/forum/0110-02.htm
I think he might have an agenda here…