Pope says condoms sometimes acceptable, to precent HIV/AIDS

Pope says condoms sometimes acceptable, to precent HIV/AIDS

Wantok
Wantok

November 21st, 2010, 10:27 pm #1

Pope says condoms acceptable 'in certain cases'

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Pope Benedict XVI says that condom use is acceptable "in certain cases", notably to reduce the risk of HIV infection, in a book due out Tuesday, apparently softening his once hardline stance.

In a series of interviews published in his native German, the 83-year-old Benedict is asked whether "the Catholic Church is not fundamentally against the use of condoms."

"It of course does not see it as a real and moral solution," the pope replies.
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"In certain cases, where the intention is to reduce the risk of infection, it can nevertheless be a first step on the way to another, more humane sexuality," said the head of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics.

The new volume, entitled "Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times", is based on 20 hours of interviews conducted by German journalist Peter Seewald.

Until now, the Vatican had prohibited the use of any form of contraception -- other than abstinence -- even as a guard against sexually transmitted disease.

Benedict sparked international outcry in March 2009 on a visit to AIDS-ravaged Africa when he told reporters the disease was a tragedy "that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems."

To illustrate his apparent shift in position, Benedict offered the example of a male prostitute using a condom.

"There may be justified individual cases, for example when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be ... a first bit of responsibility, to re-develop the understanding that not everything is permitted and that one may not do everything one wishes," Benedict was quoted as saying.

"But it is not the proper way to deal with the horror of HIV infection."

Benedict reiterated that condom use alone would not solve the problem of HIV/AIDS. "More must happen," he said.

"Becoming simply fixated on the issue of condoms makes sexuality more banal and exactly this is the reason why so many people no longer find sexuality to be an expression of their love, but a type of self-administered drug."
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November 24th, 2010, 1:44 am #2

Perhaps the Honourable Pope used to be a good condom user or has just become a recent believer of the condom benefits after all...unlucky who? who knows?

That's good news for makers and users of condoms...what a mess!

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tjja tjja
tjja tjja

December 3rd, 2010, 6:38 am #3

I don't care what the pope says... I follow the one who was crucified for me..not some rich phony in a dress...
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Noxbisi
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December 3rd, 2010, 10:04 pm #4

Your a sad person tiji.....you can follow whoever you like and still you would not be able to use common sense.

I am not a supporter of the pope or religion but an advocate of common sense and if you dont want to get aids then use a condom......simple, basic, common sense! You along with your fellow believers still practice ignorance over knowledge.
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Naiko
Naiko

December 6th, 2010, 1:52 pm #5

Noxbisi, what up with you, Tjja is right, the pope or any head of a church or religious institution is a mere mortal man prone to temptation and sinning. You follow what Christ says in the scriptures and by that you dont go around having sex as you want with but being faithful to your spouse or abstaining from it when you are not with your loved one!
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tjja tjja
tjja tjja

December 7th, 2010, 2:57 am #6

Your a sad person tiji.....you can follow whoever you like and still you would not be able to use common sense.

I am not a supporter of the pope or religion but an advocate of common sense and if you dont want to get aids then use a condom......simple, basic, common sense! You along with your fellow believers still practice ignorance over knowledge.
I will never get AIDS because I follow my Lord faithfully...people who get aids are people like the pope and you who uphold human tradition over the LORD's tradition...AIDS is a lifestyle diseases...people who live a risky life advocate such things as condoms....
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