"I was born Catholic, I was baptised, but in my life I feel profoundly secular. I find that the controversy coming from the Pope's message – albeit distorted by the media – is very damaging. In Africa it's often Church people who look after sick people. It's astonishing to see the difference between the theory and the reality. I think the Church should evolve on this issue. It presents the condom as a contraceptive which, incidentally, it forbids, although it is the only existing protection."It's perhaps testament to this bizarre marriage of celebrity and political power that I was at first inclined to adopt a sneering stance - "The Pope's turning Carla Bruni atheist - in the modern world, that's a pretty seismic theological event" – but then I realised that the First Lady of a predominantly Catholic country had publicly criticised the Pope, which actually is a big deal.
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According to the Daily Telegraph, Carla Bruni is so upset with the Pope's stance on condoms and Aids in Africa that she has begun to lose her faith, telling a French women's magazine: