Pope Benedict XVI and the condom issue...?

what is the fuss about? is it not allowed to use as a protective measure?


hi shauna...really? , i'm bored as hell here..

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  • 10 years ago
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    The Pope's statement is not really a new Church teaching.

    The experts say:

    Last year, Edward C. Green, director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, wrote: "In every African country in which HIV infections declined, this decline has been associated with a decrease in the proportion of men and women reporting more than one sex partner over the course of a year—which is exactly what fidelity programs promote."

    And: "Many countries that have not seen declines in HIV have seen increases in condom use, but in every country worldwide in which HIV has declined there have been increases in levels of faithfulness and usually abstinence as well." http://www.harvardaidsprp.org/index.html

    Sam L. Ruteikara, co-chair of Uganda's National AIDS-Prevention Committee wrote: The proportion of Ugandans infected with HIV plunged from 21 percent in 1991 to 6 percent in 2002. Telling men and women to keep sex sacred -- to save sex for marriage and then remain faithful -- is telling them to love one another deeply with their whole hearts. Most HIV infections in Africa are spread by sex outside of marriage: casual sex and infidelity. The solution is faithful love. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/artic...

    See also:

    + The Washington Post, "The Pope May be Right", March 29, 2009: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/artic...

    + Science, "Reassessing HIV Prevention", May 9, 2008: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/320/...

    The Catholic Church has never asked unmarried people to have unprotected sex. Neither has she asked married couples with diseases to have unprotected sex.

    Judeo-Christian tradition has taught for thousands of years:

    1. Single people should be celibate.

    2. Married people should be faithful to each other (adultery is wrong).

    3. Married couples should welcome God's gift of children and, therefore, artificial birth control is against the will of God.

    If the world is going to ignore teachings about chastity (1 & 2), then why is the world so upset about teaching artificial birth control (3)?

    People who are already ignoring the more important teachings about chastity (1 and 2) should have no problem ignoring the less important teaching of artificial birth control (3).

    Even if a person infected with AIDS was to use a condom to help protect his or her spouse, condoms are not 100% effective (read the box) and the spouse may be infected and die anyway. A person who truly loves their spouse would not endanger them in this way.

    In regards to sex outside of marriage, the Church's practice is usually not to tell people how to sin. With or without a condom:

    • Fornication is still fornication

    • Adultery is still adultery

    • Rape is still rape

    Now in the new book “Light of the World,” the Pope repeated his argument that focusing exclusively on condoms damages human sexuality, making it “banal” and turning it into a kind of “drug.” But he went on to say that in specific single cases — like prostitutes — condom use may be justified as a first step toward taking moral responsibility for one’s actions. http://cnsblog.wordpress.com/2010/11/20/the-popes-...

    With love in Christ.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Condom *ISSUE*??? Yikes!

    I think the fuss is, the Pope doesn't like people to use condoms because they prevent conception, which is God's business. OTOH, I read on the news today that Benedict has OK'ed the use of condoms to protect against the spread of HIV.

  • 4 years ago

    How precisely is the region immoral? except needless to say you have taken the quote out of context and suggesting that the Church (or the Pope for that count) condone male Prostitution. could you recommend that the Pope could be "extra ethical" by using the two; A) Suggesting using condoms might desire to never be justified. or B) Male Prostitution became a ethical reliable. do no longer attempt to take on the Magisterium on it relatively is ethical coaching...except you're arranged to be "out-moralled"

  • They don't want to "prevent God's will" as far as when children happen.

    They say that, since you're having sex, you must be married or that's a sin. And if you're married, why would you want to wait to have children? Why not "let God decide"?

    PS, that's what the Duggars (of 19 Kids and Counting Infamy) abide by.

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  • People are trying to show that the pope compromised his values. That's why they leave out the context.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    He is being misquoted as usual.

    Here is what he actually said.


    Peace be with you

    <<<Devout Catholic>>>

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Not according to his previous statements.

    A change of mind is not expected from him.

    Shouldn't he be sure the first time he spoke, seeing as he came to that conclusion from scriptural interpretation?

    Not all agree on the answer.

    That's it.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago


    He doesnt know what He,s talking about

    I feel sorry for all Catholics because they are following the Pope instead of the true God Jesus Christ

    and if the Pope was smart He would know that people wouldnt NEED condoms if they would just listen to the Bible and wait for Marriage

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    my oh my , isn't great to see how people jump at headlines only, and then make a judgement , read the article in its full and then you will realise that you are wrong.

  • 10 years ago

    He thinks it's unnatural, while he's living in a luxury palace with electricity, gas and the rest.

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