By Phil Lawler bio - articles - email Nov 20, There are dozens of misleading stories abroad already, about a statement Pope Benedict made in a lengthy interview. Unfortunately, there will be many more misleading comments, based on these inaccurate first reports. The book-length interview in which the Pope made these comments will be available next week, and you can read the full statement in the proper context.
Pope Benedict says that condoms can be used to stop the spread of HIV
The Pope drops Catholic ban on condoms in historic shift - Telegraph
Rome CNN Pope Francis has forced the head of an ancient Catholic order to resign in an unusually public rebuke of conservative leadership within the Catholic Church. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos Pope's condom battle Story highlights Pope Francis was dragged into a dispute that started with condom distribution He refused to back the firing of an official, forcing out his boss instead. The Pope was dragged into a dispute about condom distribution last year, when a top official of the Knights of Malta was fired over links between the order and charities that gave out birth control.
Pope Francis indicates little concern over condom use in fight against Aids
These are external links and will open in a new window. Pope Benedict XVI has said the use of condoms is acceptable in exceptional circumstances, according to a new book. He said condoms could reduce the risk of HIV infection, such as for a male prostitute, in a series of interviews given to a German journalist. But he said a more humane attitude to sexuality, and not condom use, was the proper way to combat HIV infection.
The most restrained headlines declared that the Pope had proclaimed that the use of condoms was "morally justified" or at least "permissible" to try to stop the spread of HIV, the virus generally acknowledged as the primary cause of AIDS. On the other hand, the U. To begin to answer that question, we have to start first with what the Holy Father did not say. To begin with, Pope Benedict did not change one iota of Catholic teaching on the immorality of artificial contraception.