Pope Says Condoms Sometimes Permissible to Stop AIDS

Pope BenedictPhilip Pullella reports in Reuters:

VATICAN CITY — 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.

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22 Comments on "Pope Says Condoms Sometimes Permissible to Stop AIDS"

  1. once again this joke of an organization has changed their minds on huge issues like this.
    …better late then never i suppose.

  2. once again this joke of an organization has changed their minds on huge issues like this.
    …better late then never i suppose.

  3. DeepCough | Nov 20, 2010 at 9:31 pm |

    It’s not that the Vatican is backward. It’s just that they’re a few hundred years behind.

  4. DeepCough | Nov 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm |

    It’s not that the Vatican is backward. It’s just that they’re a few hundred years behind.

  5. Anonymous | Nov 20, 2010 at 10:11 pm |

    I can’t believe anyone listens to that jackass…

  6. GoodDoktorBad | Nov 20, 2010 at 6:11 pm |

    I can’t believe anyone listens to that jackass…

  7. Anonymous | Nov 20, 2010 at 11:18 pm |

    Pity thousands had to die from their council before this. So glad we have the Catholic church to tell us where evil is today.

  8. dumbsaint | Nov 20, 2010 at 7:18 pm |

    Pity thousands had to die from their council before this. So glad we have the Catholic church to tell us where evil is today.

  9. Hey…it only took hundreds of years, the false torture of scientists, executions and more to bring acknowledgement that the earth is round and whirls around the sun…by comparison, they really are catching on quicker than ever 🙂

  10. Hey…it only took hundreds of years, the false torture of scientists, executions and more to bring acknowledgement that the earth is round and whirls around the sun…by comparison, they really are catching on quicker than ever 🙂

  11. I think you should mention that when he talks about “certain cases” he talks about male prostitues…
    see http://www.thestar.com/article/894235–pope-says-condoms-ok-to-use-in-some-cases#article

  12. I think you should mention that when he talks about “certain cases” he talks about male prostitues…
    see http://www.thestar.com/article/894235–pope-says-condoms-ok-to-use-in-some-cases#article

    • I wonder if its because too many priests are catching aids from bangin’ male whores in the fleshpots of asia and africa 😉

  13. Anonymous | Nov 22, 2010 at 1:02 am |

    I agree with you guest666 nice name by the way…

  14. The Pope is a fucking idiot.

  15. The Pope is a fucking idiot.

  16. Ironaddict06 | Nov 22, 2010 at 1:48 am |

    Damn Pope, I hate wearing those.

  17. Ironaddict06 | Nov 21, 2010 at 9:48 pm |

    Damn Pope, I hate wearing those.

  18. I wonder if its because too many priests are catching aids from bangin’ male whores in the fleshpots of asia and africa 😉

  19. The Vatican is losing all relevance. They need to step into the modern world. Their problems with child abuse, sex and women in the church leaves a lot of people unable to relate the Church’s teachings.By the way I found a website that give you prizes for your opinions and 4 play games here is the topic about this:
    http://opinion.ezwingame.com/topics/pope-says-condoms-acceptable-in-some-cases-are-u-agree

  20. The Vatican is losing all relevance. They need to step into the modern world. Their problems with child abuse, sex and women in the church leaves a lot of people unable to relate the Church’s teachings.By the way I found a website that give you prizes for your opinions and 4 play games here is the topic about this:
    http://opinion.ezwingame.com/topics/pope-says-condoms-acceptable-in-some-cases-are-u-agree

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