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Pope: Condoms may rarely be OK

by Brad A. Greenberg

November 20, 2010 | 3:06 pm

A lot of uproar and speculation over this statement from Pope Benedict XVI: Condoms might be OK.

And not just when a man’s wife forgets to take the pill (which, of course, is also frowned upon).

Via CNN’s religion blog:

“There could be single cases that can be justified, for instance when a prostitute uses a condom, and this can be a first step towards a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility, to develop again the awareness of the fact that not all is allowed and that one cannot do everything one wants,” Benedict said.

Not really that controversial, though this would be an about face for the Vatican—if it was the new Vatican policy. Which it isn’t.

Thankfully, the CNN religion blog points that out:

CNN Senior Vatican Analyst John Allen cautioned that Benedict’s comments do not rise to the level of official Vatican policy, but show the pontiff has flexibility in the church’s opposition to birth control.

Allen said that a portion of the book refers to condom use among male prostitutes.

“I think the point he was trying to make, when somebody is using a condom, not so much to prevent new life, which has always been the Catholic Church’s big concern, but to prevent the transmission of disease than it would be OK,” Allen told CNN.

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