Apparently the Pope approves of condom use for the prevention of disease in a male (-to-male?) prostitution context. I am confused, on many levels, by this revelation, but trying to be grateful for small mercies:
‘The Associated Pressreported on the groundbreaking remarks made to a German journalist in a book-length interview, “Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times,” to be released Tuesday. The Vatican newspaper ran excerpts Saturday.
“Benedict called it ‘a first step in a movement toward a different way, a more human way of living sexuality.’
“He used as an example male prostitutes, for whom contraception is not an issue, as opposed to married couples where one spouse is infected. The Vatican has come under pressure from even some church officials in Africa to condone condom use for monogamous married couples to protect the uninfected spouse from getting infected.”
Previously, Benedict has been criticized for suggesting that condoms contribute to the increase in HIV infections. Journalist Peter Seewald asked him about that position in the interview.
“There may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility,” said Benedict, the AP reported.’