I’m not a strict Roman Catholic, but I still find Ben Goldacre’s article (Bad Science, April 7) somewhat in bad taste. Being a scientist myself, I agree that the stance of the Vatican on issues such as contraception, HIV and family planning is indefensible.
Furthermore, I believe that Goldacre is right to draw attention to this. However, the timing sucks. Could you at least have waited until he was buried before dancing on his body?
Shandong province, China
Â· I am writing to applaud Bad Science. I find it hard to stomach the huge amount of television coverage of the death of John Paul II, a man who has done more to worsen the Aids epidemic than any other single person in history. Even more disturbing is the way in which dubious science was used in the justification for the condemnation of contraception.