By Charlie Johnston
Yesterday, I was flat wrong in my assertion of the nature of what Pope Benedict had said concerning condom use to prevent AIDS in Africa. He said it was wrong, but could be justified for uses to prevent the transmission of the disease in homosexual encounters. He specifically said it could NOT be justified in cases where procreation was prevented.
Our reader, Matthew, pointed this out in the comments, for which I gave him a notably tart answer. He was right and I was wrong. While being mulishly defensive myself, I rudely told another reader, Mary Ann, one of the most astute people here, that she should be more respectful when disagreeing with others – and particularly religious authorities. Boy, was yesterday a case of “Physician, heal thyself” for me or what?
I am removing the reference to Pope Benedict entirely from yesterday’s article. I am content with the rest of the piece, but it sure was not my best day.
I am in the midst of one of my occasional, mild neurological episodes. My normally docile pain is off the charts. I know when that comes (usually only once every three to five months) I am a little disoriented for a few days. I usually try to stay very light here during such a time. The whirlwind of despair and accusations made me feel the need to speak on this matter yesterday anyway. I am glad I did, for most of it was sound and there needed to be some countervailing voices to the shrieking going on. But I did sloppy work rather than my usual carefully researched material. And I was unconscionably rude to the astute people who pointed out those areas of sloppiness.
That is NOT an excuse for either my sloppy work or my rude behavior yesterday. I know that as things proceed and speed up, I am occasionally going to have to speak or comment when I am under duress. I have to do better, be more deliberate and meticulous at those times, specifically because I am not operating at 100 percent then and am significantly more irrationally irritable. My apologies to all of you for my slapdash work yesterday – and particularly to those of you who I was offensive to. I will do better and, God willing, you will not see an episode like that again.
Now the episode I spoke of hit on Wednesday. Today would normally be the last day of the cycle – so I am going to stay light the rest of the day, posting tonight a piece by our reader, Joe, combined with a piece put up by Abyssum yesterday, and will get back regular tomorrow or Sunday.