VATICAN CITY — The Vatican says some negative reactions to the Pope’s comments about condoms and AIDS during a trip to Africa were an “unprecedented” attempt to “intimidate” him.


In particular, the Vatican on Friday critiqued Belgium’s parliament for passing a recent resolution condemning the pontiff’s remarks, delivered last month during a visit to Africa.


Pope Benedict said condoms weren’t the answer to Africa’s AIDS epidemic and could even make the problem worse.


Many groups and officials criticized his remarks.


The Vatican said the Pope’s comments had been taken out of context and had unleashed an “unprecedented media campaign.”

It says they were “used by some groups with a clear intent to intimidate, as if to dissuade the Pope from expressing himself.”