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Inside The Box: Catholic Church And Condoms

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A copy of 'Light of World' a book interview with Pope Benedict XVI by German author Peter Seewald is seen in front of St. Peter's Square during the presentation at the Holy See Press Office on November 23, 2010 in Vatican City, Vatican. Answering to a question of the German author Pope Benedict has stated that Condoms may sometimes be justified in exceptional circumstances to stop the spread of AIDS. (credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

A copy of ‘Light of World’ a book interview with Pope Benedict XVI by German author Peter Seewald is seen in front of St. Peter’s Square during the presentation at the Holy See Press Office on November 23, 2010 in Vatican City, Vatican. Answering to a question of the German author Pope Benedict has stated that Condoms may sometimes be justified in exceptional circumstances to stop the spread of AIDS. (credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

All our lives we’ve been told the Catholic Church is against condom use.

Now the Pope has reversed course saying it’s better for people to use condoms than to put someone’s life in danger.

In a book released today, Pope Benedict XVI said condom use by people such as male prostitutes was a lesser evil because it showed they were trying to protect partners from infection.

A Vatican spokesperson said the Pope’s remarks weren’t limited to men.

The Vatican had long been criticized for its anti-condom stance, especially in Africa where AIDS is rampant.

So what do you think about the Vatican’s change of heart? Do you think it’s a step in the right direction?  Too little, too late?

Step Inside the Box and let us know what you think.

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