You cannot blame AIDS epidemic on the Church
Defending the Church sometimes resembles trying to scale a particularly steep and treacherous mountain, only without climbing ropes or oxygen canisters. To make matters worse, the Church itself often conspires to send avalanches crashing your way.
Just recently, for example, we had decision by the Pope to lift the excommunication of four anti-Vatican II bishops, including one who effectively denied the Holocaust, although the Pope did not know about that.
Having lifted that excommunication, we then learnt that a Brazilian bishop had declared that the mother of a raped nine-year-old girl had been automatically excommunicated because she had facilitated the aborting of her daughter's twins.