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What Was it That the Pope Said about Condom Use? Not what the MSM is Saying!

November 23, 2010

Check out Raymond Arroyo’s blog post on the misquotes and misinterpretation by the media of the Pope’s recent answer to a question about condom use and HIV.

The Pope did not change the Church’s teaching on condom use, nor is it heading to a change. The sexual act between a husband and a wife must always be open to life.

Update: Raymond just posted on his Facebook page:

Confused about the Papal Condom comments? George Weigel will clear up the controversy on this week’s World Over. Thanksgiving EWTN 8PM Est.

2nd Update: From Vatican Radio

21/11/2010 15.02.41

Clarification on remarks on AIDS and condoms

The head of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, has issued a statement clarifying passages of the book Light of the World, in which Pope Benedict discusses AIDS and condom use.

The statement says Pope Benedict states that AIDs cannot be solved only by the distribution of condoms, and, in fact, concentrating on condoms just trivializes sexuality, which loses its meaning as an expression of love and becomes like a drug.

At the same time, the Pope considered an exceptional situation in which the exercise of sexuality represents a real risk to the lives of others. In this case, the Pope does not morally justify the exercise of disordered sexuality, but believes that the use of condoms to reduce the risk of infection is a “first step on the road to a more human sexuality”, rather than not to use it and risking the lives of others.

Father Lombardi’s statement clarifies Pope Benedict XVI has not reformed or changed the Church’s teaching, but by putting it in perspective reaffirms the value and dignity of human sexuality as an expression of love and responsibility.

From the Anchoress: Did Benedict Stir the Water on Purpose?

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