Pope Benedict XVI just had a sexy new revelation from his God: Condoms are allowed during sex to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Of course, it’s still a sin to use them as birth control, but it’s a greater sin to pass HIV/AIDS.
The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano on Saturday published excerpts from a new book form the Pope, Light of the World. Then in an interview with a German journalist, Ill Papa said
that in certain cases, such as for a male prostitute, condom use could be a first step in assuming moral responsibility for stemming the spread of the virus that causes AIDS.
In the book, the Pope said that condom use to reduce the risk of infection is
a first assumption of responsibility.
This is kinda huge!
But questions arose the pope’s meaning; the Italian translation of the book used the feminine for prostitute, whereas the original German used the masculine term. Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi tried to clarify things for reporters, saying:
that he asked the pope whether he intended his comments to apply only to men. Benedict replied that it really didn’t matter, the important thing was that the person took into consideration the life of another. (emphasis mine. And my note: That is HUGE!)
“I personally asked the pope if there was a serious, important problem in the choice of the masculine over the feminine,” Lombardi said. “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 man, a woman, or a transsexual. … The point is it’s a first step of taking responsibility, of avoiding passing a grave risk onto another,” Lombardi said.
Lombardi went on to say that the Pope emphasized the church’s main advice in the fight against HIV/AIDS is still the same: Sexual abstinence for those not married and fidelity among married couples. Lombardi then quoted Benny 16, saying that the Catholic Church does not regard condom use as a real or moral solution, adding:
With this, the pope isn’t reforming or changing the teaching of the church, but reaffirming it, putting it in the context of the value and the dignity of human sexuality as expression of love and responsibility.