The green issue of birth control
The clarifications of Pope Benedict XVI's comment on condoms ["Theologians debate meaning of pope's condom remark," news story, Nov. 24] are suggestive, given the oft-stated concern of this "green pope" for the environment.
Incongruously, he remains in denial about the reality of global overpopulation, even while accepting the scientific evidence of human-caused climate change.
But the view ascribed to him by his spokesman - of the moral imperative of "taking into consideration the risk of the life of another" and "avoiding passing a grave risk onto another" - applies as much to the ravaged world that we are leaving to posterity as it does to the AIDS epidemic.
Might not a sophisticated thinker such as Benedict eventually come to see that the ecological harm done by overpopulation is the strongest argument of all for birth control?
Daryl P. Domning, Silver Spring