Condoms OK for Ladies, Too: Pope
Even if it also will prevent babies
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 23, 2010 9:15 AM CST
Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges the faithful at the end of an audience with the newly-appointed cardinals and their relatives, in Hall Paul VI at the Vatican, Monday, Nov. 22, 2010.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

(Newser) – OK, OK, everyone can use condoms—but only if you’re trying to prevent HIV. That’s the new word from the Vatican, which today declared that giving HIV to your sexual partner was a greater evil than preventing a possible pregnancy, the AP reports. The statement clarifies the assertion Pope Benedict makes in his new book saying that prostitutes should use condoms to protect their partners from HIV.

The original German version of the book used the masculine word for prostitutes, implying that Benedict might be OK with condoms only for homosexual acts in which they were not being used as contraception. But an Italian translation used the feminine for prostitute. A Vatican spokesman today clarified that the gender wasn’t important. “I personally asked the pope if there was a serious, important problem in the choice of the masculine over the feminine,” the spokesman said. “He told me no.”

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Nov 23, 2010 5:54 PM CST
While I applaud the bone-headed church, I have a question for good Catholics: Doesn't this mean the previous infallible popes who said condoms were wrong were full of shit? Doesn't your "big figurehead" reveal your faith is a farce? Why keep fronting? I wonder what demographic he'll toss in tomorrow since he's doing one a day. Pope: "God has revealed to me that one-legged, transgendered pirate midgets also have need for condoms... so, um... have at it!"
Nov 23, 2010 12:47 PM CST
Time to start a line of condoms named after the pope.
Nov 23, 2010 10:19 AM CST
Wow a big step for the church to admit that they could/should change their stance and not the world changing for them. Reality does exist!