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Pope condones condoms

November 24, 2010

Well, not quite.

Over the weekend excerpts of Peter Seewald’s interview with Pope Benedict were published in Italy with an interesting revision regarding condom use and HIV.   Part of this interview has the Pope saying:

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, on the way toward recovering an awareness that not everything is allowed and that one cannot do whatever one wants. But it is not really the way to deal with the evil of HIV infection. That can really lie only in a humanization of sexuality.

Are you saying, then, that the Catholic Church is actually not opposed in principle to the use of condoms?
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 human way, of living sexuality.

Clarification has been sought since as to whether this revision is applicable to everyone.  Catholics for Choice today reports:

This morning, the Vatican’s spokesperson, Rev. Federico Lombardi, said:

‘I personally asked the pope if there was a serious, important problem in the choice of the masculine over the feminine. He told me no. The problem is this … It’s the first step of taking responsibility, of taking into consideration the risk of the life of another with whom you have a relationship. This is if you’re a woman, a man, or a transsexual. We’re at the same point.

This is welcome news from the Vatican, even if it they are words ‘made in a “colloquial and not magisterial” form’.

UNAIDS – a global view of HIV prevalence in 2009
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