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Pope Announces Condoms May Be OK Under One Circumstance: Male Prostitution

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The Pope's comments will be published in full this week, in a book by German writer Peter Seewald called “Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times”.

For those who are unaware of Catholicism in general – all artificial birth control is banned and although this has no legal standing, many of its 1.1 billion members adhere to Papal rulings. Many in third world countries are helped by Catholic charities who also adhere to Papal rulings (although truth be told, condoms are available to people and charity workers who live alongside the people either turn a blind eye or actively help with the provision of condoms). The influence of the Church worldwide is very strong and its effects are seen in the day to day lives of its members, particularly those dependent on its charities for food, water, health and education.

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What do you think about the Pope’s statements? In light of poverty and death rates of HIV+ mothers and children, what you think of the Pope’s sole mention of male prostitutes as the example of condoms being marginally acceptable? Did you find this unusual or anti-female? Do you feel heartened by his comments?

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Hi Susan,
The fact that he mentioned that condom use should be restricted to male prostitutes is indeed bizarre. Why that particular segment of the population?
In my opinion, condoms should be available to everyone as a means of birth control, and in the prevention of the spread of AIDS. It is the humane thing to do.
Anna Portela

November 26, 2010 - 4:47pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anna Portela)

Not so bizarre, really. Keeping in mind Vatican opposition to the use of artificial contraception, the Pope was simply providing an example -- homosexual activity -- in which the condom was not serving a contraceptive purpose.

November 26, 2010 - 7:42pm
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