In certain cases, where the intention is to reduce the risk of infection, it can nevertheless be a first step on the way to another, more humane sexuality. He stressed that abstinence was the best policy in fighting the disease but in some circumstances it was better for a condom to be used if it protected human life. A million counterfeit condoms seized.
On Sunday, the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, added to the confusion. As is often the case with the Vatican, the clarification yielded more ambiguity.
The controversy began Nov. L'Osservatore Romano ran only two paragraphs of the Pope's comments on condom use and the global AIDS crisis, although the original discussion in the book is more than two pages long. The paper quoted Pope Benedict as reaffirming the stance he took in during his trip to Africa, where he said that condoms are not the answer to the AIDS crisis.
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For the record, Pope Benedict XVI did not justify use of condomsas some headlines have suggested, even in limited circumstances. For their part, male sex workers in the Boston area are apparently not impressed. It is no matter, though strange, that the Pope referred specifically to the use of condoms among male prostitutes — a tiny fraction of all prostitutes — and it does not matter that he fell short of acknowledging that the use of condoms is widespread among Catholics, even among priests.
The statement appeared to be a sign of the lingering confusion — and, perhaps, Vatican infighting — over the remarks. But some conservative Catholics, especially in the United States, feared that it would be misinterpreted as a move to condone condom use. Federico Lombardi, on the same issue.
And several said they would only accept a more formal papal pronouncement. Others insisted that journalists were purposely misrepresenting the popes comments. Some questioned whether the papal spokesman, the Rev. Frederico Lombardi, accurately quoted the pope.
Registered in Ireland: The Catholic Church today denied that the Pope had suggested condoms could be used to avoid pregnancy. The Vatican has been under pressure from conservative theologians to issue such a clarification amid widespread confusion about what the Pope meant and whether he was breaking with Church teaching.
The Vatican on Wednesday denounced China for ordaining a bishop without papal consent, accusing the government-backed church of gravely damaging the faith, and warning that the bishop himself risked excommunication. Joseph Guo Jincai "with deep regret" as it constituted a "grave violation" of church law and hampered reconciliation efforts that have been a priority for the papacy, the Vatican press office said. AP -- Some Roman Catholics are confused. Some are angry.