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Obama Adviser Says the Pope is 'Hurting People in the Name of Jesus'

02/03/2010 Comments (110)

As you can see in the accompanying video, Harry Knox, who serves on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships recently reiterated comments he made last March saying that Pope Benedict XVI is “hurting people in the name of Jesus.”

Asked yesterday, at the National Press Club, whether he still believes that, Knox responded, “I do.”

Knox was responding to the Pope’s decision not to promote the use of condoms as a means for controlling the spread of HIV.

“I would say that this problem of AIDS cannot be overcome merely with money, necessary though it is,” Pope Benedict said last March. “If there is no human dimension, if Africans do not help [by responsible behavior], the problem cannot be overcome by the distribution of prophylactics: on the contrary, they increase it.”

When the reporter asks about Harvard researcher Edward Green’s support for the pope, that condom use aggravates HIV and its spread in Africa, Knox said that Green is incorrect and that “all the other evidence of science shows otherwise.”

“We just cannot find an association between more condom use and lower HIV-reduction rates” in Africa, Green told the Catholic News Agency in March 2009.

Knox advises the president on the government’s Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership programs, but is also the director of the religion and faith program at the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual activist group.

Update: In response, the St. Michael Society is circulating a petition online, asking for the immediate resignation of Harry Knox.



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Tim Drake is an award-winning writer and former journalist and radio host with the National Catholic Register/EWTN. He currently serves as New Evangelization Coordinator for the Holdingford Area Catholic Community in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He resides with his wife and five children in St. Joseph, Minn.