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Pope gives an ‘OK’ in using condoms




Pope Benedict XVI has made a major shift in the use of condoms now saying it is acceptable in exceptional circumstances.  Contrary to his statement in last year, the Pope now says that use of condoms are justifiable in cases like HIV prevention for male prostitutes.

The pontiff made his comments in a new book "Light of the World:  The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times."  This book is based on a series of interviews given to a German journalist.  

The Church has been against the use of condoms as such is a form of artificial contraception.  This stand drew a lot of criticisms especially when the Head of the Church made a statement in March 2009 on his visit to Cameroon.  He said at the time that condoms would rather increase the AIDS problems than resolve it.   EU states condemned such statement as irresponsible and dangerous as the world combats AIDS/HIV infections.

Austen Ivereigh, a Catholic commentator and campaigner of the book in the UK, said that  "the Pope is not acutally saying anything that would surprise moral theologians.

"The church’s teaching on contraception predates AIDS and repdates new kinds of moral possibilities, which is that condoms can be used not as a means of preventing a conception but a s a means of preventing transmission of a virus."

Light of World published in English will be out on Tuesday.  Pope Benedict addressed a lot of issues in the book including clerical sex abuse and science.

A good start to publicize a book and a timely one to address the Church’s so many issues.

 " The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve." – Buddha