Pope Says Condom Use Okay For Male Prostitutes ( but not females?)

Pope Says Condom Use Okay For Male Prostitutes

Pope Benedict XVI says in a new book that condom use is appropriate for male prostitutes to stop the spread of HIV.

The pope made the comments in a book-length interview with a German journalist, “Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times,” which is being released Tuesday. The Vatican newspaper ran excerpts on Saturday.

Church teaching has long opposed condoms because they are a form of artificial contraception, although it has never released an explicit policy about condoms and HIV. The Vatican has been harshly criticized for its opposition.

Benedict said that condoms are not a moral solution. But he said in some cases, such as for male prostitutes, they could be justified “in the intention of reducing the risk of infection.”

Benedict called it “a first step in a movement toward a different way, a more human way of living sexuality.”

Pope Benedict said in 2009 that condom use increased the AIDS problem, but gave a more thorough response when asked for this book.

Journalist Peter Seewald, who interviewed Benedict over the course of six days this summer, raised the Africa condom comments and asked Benedict if it wasn’t “madness” for the Vatican to forbid a high-risk population to use condoms.

“There may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility,” Benedict said.

But he stressed that it wasn’t the way to deal with the evil of HIV, and elsewhere in the book reaffirmed church teaching on contraception and abortion, saying: “How many children are killed who might one day have been geniuses, who could have given humanity something new, who could have given us a new Mozart or some new technical discovery?”

More about the book or buy it here Benedict XVI LIght of the World


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  3. Larry Horse

    At last this old kraut has said something of value, which means he’s one up on that old Polack he succeeded. Wonder if the book talks about what he did during WW2, I still think we will find some Gunter Grass/Kurt Waldheim thing in his past. I dont trust anything said about JP dos and his wartime record either. The worse thing about these last two Popes along with the hiding of one of the worst church scandals ever with the child abuse is their worship of Pius XII, who I believe did little to stop the Holocaust and then gave tacit approval after the war to help smuggle Nazis to South America and keep Ukrainian SS men from war trials and so on. Worst is that Pius may be made a Saint.

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