BEIJING, March 27 (Xinhuanet)-- One of the world's
most prestigious medical journals, The Lancet, accused Pope Benedict XVI Friday
of "distorting science" in his recent remarks by saying condoms exacerbated the
problem of HIV/Aids.
According to the London-based Lancet, the Pope's
recent remarks that condoms exacerbate the problem of HIV/AIDS has publicly
distorted scientific evidence to promote Catholic doctrine on this issue.
The Lancet also demanded that the Pope retract his
The Pope had said the "cruel epidemic" should be
tackled through abstinence and fidelity rather than condom use.
The Lancet in its editorial said: "When any
influential person, be it a religious or political figure, makes a false
scientific statement that could be devastating to the health of millions of
people, they should retract or correct the public record.
"Anything less from Pope Benedict would be an immense
disservice to the public and health advocates, including many thousands of
Catholics, who work tirelessly to try and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS