Pope Benedict XVI, who arrived on Tuesday in Cameroon for his first trip to Africa as pontiff, denounced condom use on the AIDS-ravaged continent, saying there were better ways to combat the disease. AIDS "is a tragedy that cannot be overcome by money alone, that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems", the 81-year-old pontiff told reporters on the flight from Rome. The solution lies in a "spiritual and human awakening" and "friendship for those who suffer", said Benedict, who will also visit Angola during the week-long trip. Does anyone know how the rubber sheath adds to the AIDS epidemic? How will spiritual awakening etc get rid of the shit? If the old man was in touch with reality &/or serious in halting the spread of disease, would he not focus on promoting wider access to condoms and information? Instead, his continued opposition to condoms conveys that the view that religious dogma is more important to him than the lives of them Africans. SMH link Photo: Pope Benedik on crack cocaine?