Pope ok's condoms for prostitutes

Katherine - posted on 11/21/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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(Reuters) - The use of condoms to stop the spread of AIDS may be justified in certain cases, Pope Benedict says in a new book that could herald the start of sea change in the Vatican's attitude to condoms.

In excerpts published in the Vatican newspaper on Saturday ahead of the book's publication next week, the pope cites the example of the use of condoms by prostitutes as "a first step toward moralization" even though condoms are "not really the way to deal with the evil of HIV infection."

While some Roman Catholic leaders have spoken in the past about the limited use of condoms in specific cases to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS as a lesser of two evils, this is the first time the pope has mentioned the possibility himself in public.

The Vatican newspaper unexpectedly published significant excerpts from the book on Saturday night, days before extracts were initially due to be made public.

The pope's words appeared to be a major shift in the Vatican's attitude. While no formal position existed in a Vatican document, the majority of Church leaders have been saying for decades that the use of condoms was not even part of the solution to fighting aids.

The late cardinal John O'Connor of New York famously branded the use of condoms to stop the spread of AIDS as "The Big Lie."

Last year, the pope caused an international uproar when he told journalists taking him to Africa that condoms should not be used because they could worsen the spread of AIDS.

The new book, called Light of the World, is made up of Benedict's responses to questions by German Catholic journalist Peter Seewald over a month of meetings at the papal summer residence.

The pope says that the "sheer fixation on the condom implies a canalization of sexuality" where sexuality is no longer an expression of love "but only a sort of drug that people administer to themselves."

After the pope first mentions that the use of condoms could be justified in certain limited cases, such as by prostitutes, Seewald asks: "Are you saying, then, that the Catholic Church is actually not opposed in principle to the use of condoms?"

The pope answers: "She of course does not regard it as a real or moral solution, but, in this or that case, there can be nonetheless, in the intention of reducing the risk of infection, a first step in a movement toward a different way, a more humane way, of living sexuality."

(Additional reporting by Tom Heneghan; Editing by Peter Graff)
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What about for couples where one has AID's? It could be passed to the baby or the partner.
What is your opinion on this.
Not trying to anger anyone, just a debate.

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The bloke ought to have to go to Africa and watch someone die of aids and look into the eyes of their children and tell them it was gods plan. Stupid idiot and while we are on the subject was it gods plan for all those catholic priests to sexually abuse children too? How anyone can listen to this man and believe he knows what hes talking about is beyond me.

Corinne - posted on 11/21/2010

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And this is why religion drives me up the wall. WTF happened to common sense?

~Jennifer - posted on 11/21/2010

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.....not trying to start anything here, but wouldn't a 'Catholic prostitute' be a bit contradictory in the first place?

.....Don't know why they would care what the Pope said was 'ok' now.

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Jodi - posted on 11/23/2010

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"How anyone can listen to this man and believe he knows what hes talking about is beyond me."

Most Catholics don't listen to him.....

Bonnie - posted on 11/23/2010

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I don't think prostitutes care at all what anyone says, not even the pope. They are going to do what they want to do. Chances are no more of them than usual will use condoms anyway.

Bree - posted on 11/23/2010

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I really do think that as ludicrous as this sounds to...well most rational people...there is someone out there that this will affect. Mary Magdalen was a prostitute...now she's a Saint. Everyone, according to doctrine, is "salvageable". It may not make a lot of sense or be straight forward but for an entire huge group of people around the world it is a step - albeit small - in the right direction.

JuLeah - posted on 11/21/2010

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I am not sure how he can even have an opinion. His life is so far removed from the people he 'serves' and his lack of understanding is clear each time he opens his mouth.

Jodi - posted on 11/21/2010

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I am pretty sure it was only male prostitutes that can use condoms. But yeah, I kind of figure that he has okayed it for prostitutes because they are already sinning, so what's one more sin? They're apparently going to Hell anyway.

Charlie - posted on 11/21/2010

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As someone who has a lot of power through his word it is his duty ethically and morally to encourage the use of condoms , I don't care what he believes the fact he once said that condoms COULD worsen AIDS was wrong , ignorant , and could easily have influenced many people to ditch them and have unprotected sex possibly CAUSING infection and death through AIDS .

It makes me sick someone would suggest such a thing , I am glad he has *kind of * come around .

Becky - posted on 11/21/2010

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Yeah, kinda thinking that if you're a prostitute, you don't really care all that much about what the Pope says anyway!
I think they should okay condom use for everyone. While I disagree with it, I can understand their objection to hormonal birth control, but I can't understand their objection to condom use. If it's because it interferes with God's plan (there's that phrase again!) on how many kids you're going to have, well, if God really wants you to have another kid, he'll poke holes in your condom!

Jessica - posted on 11/21/2010

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Rofl! Well I'm glad we all have the Pope's ok! for it! I'm sure all the prostitutes will feel much better about it now.

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