Pope Benedict XVI writes in his new book, out Tuesday, that condoms can be used “in certain cases” like “to reduce the risk of [HIV] infection,” according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Last year in Africa, the Pope told reporters that AIDS “cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems.” He seems to have changed his mind because of, you know, science and facts!
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.
Male prostitutes, for instance, should probably wear a rubber: “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,” said the Pope.
The Vatican has had an abstinence-only policy, against all contraception, basically forever. Progress!