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According to the Guardian, the Vatican has released an alternate version of Pope Benedict XVI‘s remark that the AIDS problem “cannot be overcome with the distribution of condoms which, on the contrary, increase the problem.” According to a statement on the Holy See’s Web site (which awesomely exists), the Pope actually said this:
“The scourge cannot be resolved with the distribution of prophylactics; on the contrary, the risk is of increasing the problem.”
. . . despite the insistence of journalists present that yeah, it was actually the first one, not that it matters, because the second one is essentially the same.
I would parse the Vatican’s version of the interview myself, but as of now, it’s only published in Italian. So I’ll just say that it’s not surprising the Vatican would offer up an alternate version of the interview, as it appears the Catholic Church is living in an alternate reality.