Pope Says Condoms Are Sometimes OK

Prostitutes could use them to curb AIDS infection
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2010 2:15 PM CST

(Newser) – Pope Benedict—he who not too long ago said condoms make the AIDS crisis worse—now thinks they're not such a bad idea all the time. ("Stunning development," says AP, noting the church's opposition to artificial contraception, while Reuters sees it as a potential "sea change" in Vatican thinking.) In a series of interviews with a German journalist, Benedict gives an example of a prostitute—the AP specifies it as a male prostitute—using one to prevent infection.

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"Are you saying, then, that the Catholic Church is actually not opposed in principle to the use of condoms?" asks the journalist. "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." The interviews are part of a book coming out next week, and the Vatican newspaper published excerpts today. Click here for more.
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