Belgian Cardinal Holds Press Conference to Slam Curial Cardinal over Statements Against Condoms

MECHELEN, Belgium, October 17, 2003 ( - Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, 70, the left-leaning media favorite to become the next pope, held a press conference at his residence Wednesday, in which he publicly belittled fellow Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo.

Cardinal Trujillo, head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, repeated the Church’s teaching against contraception to a BBC program, and also noted the scientific evidence showing that condoms are not fail-safe protection against AIDS.  He suggested that rather than allow the false image of ‘safe sex’ with condoms, condom packages should warn consumers that they are not reliable protection against the deadly disease.  Cardinal Daneels, was quoted by Reuters saying of Cardinal Trujillo’s comments, “I deplore that comment the way it was received.  It does not befit a cardinal to deal with the virtue of a product ... I don’t know if what he said is reliable.”  Beyond the obvious fact that condoms often break, Cardinal Trujillo pointed to scientific evidence that the rubber used in condoms has tiny holes through which the microscopic AIDS virus can easily pass.  “The AIDS virus is roughly 450 times smaller than the spermatozoon,” he said.  “The spermatozoon can easily pass through the ‘net’ formed by the condom.”  See the Reuters report on the   See evidence for the condom holes

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