Super model Gisele rips Catholic Church

- Gisele Bundchen is the biggest

international star on the runway during Rio's Fashion Week, but

she's also making headlines for criticizing the Roman Catholic

church's opposition to condom use and abortion.

Bundchen, who paraded Tuesday night for the Colcci label, told

the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper that the church's take on

contraception is hopelessly outdated because it was adopted when

"the women were virgins, the guys were virgins."

"Today, no one is a virgin when they get married," Bundchen


She made the comments less than a month after Pope Benedict XVI

criticized government-sanctioned abortion laws and birth control

during a five-day visit to Brazil, the world's most populous Roman

Catholic nation.

While most abortions are banned in Brazil, the government hands

out more than 300 million free condoms each year to prevent AIDS

and unwanted pregnancies.

"To prohibit condoms is ridiculous, just think of all the

diseases transmitted without them," the 26-year-old supermodel

told the newspaper.

She added: "How is it possible to not want people to use

condoms and also not have abortions? It's impossible, I'm sorry."

Bundchen isn't the first Brazilian celebrity to clash with the

Roman Catholic church over contraception.

Popular singer Daniela Mercury was pulled from a 2005 Vatican

Christmas concert over her participation in an anti-AIDS campaign

promoting condom use.