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.

Comments (9)
  1. Nancy Aleshire says:

    I have never understood the Catholic Churches objections to condoms (I am not Catholic). Condoms protect against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies. What is so wrong with this?

  2. KristinD says:

    I’m shocked by the lack of research in this article. A teenager could do a 30 second internet search and find reputable Catholic sources clarifying the Pope’s statement including one put out by the Vatican itself. If you read the statement in context it wasn’t about condom use at all but was about moral conscience. He was saying that for a male prostitute to use a condom shows hope that he is acting on basic morals of not wanting to infect someone else and that is promising. It had NOTHING to do with the condom use itself but was about the intention behind the use showing promise that further moves towards moral decisions may be possible. NOTHING has changed on the Catholic church’s stance on condom use. This is terribly sad reporting and incredibly lacking in journalistic integrity.

  3. Dean Cummings says:

    That is NOT what the pope said at all. He said a prostitute using condoms might signify a change of heart in terms of their morality by trying to protect others. He did not say using condoms was the lesser of evils. The Church has ALWAYS condemned the “lesser of two evils” philosophy and continues to condemn condom usage.

  4. Sasha says:

    This article is misleading; Pope Benedict characterizes condom use as a first step in morality in those, such as male prostitutes, who use condoms to avoid spreading the AIDS virus.

    Those who are not married are called to celibacy; those who are married are called to be open to creating new life.

  5. Courteney says:

    I can’t believe that there are still enough sheep out there for this to be of any importance. If people want to follow their own beliefs (it’s called your own moral compass) go right ahead. But if you follow religious rules, i.e. made up rules by someone else; then you are nothing more than a robot sheep. I honestly do feel bad for the people who are that dumb. I can’t believe how evil religious leaders actually are. They are cult leaders who deceive and take people’s lives/money. How sad.

  6. richard says:

    I won’t worry about what the pope says about this or any other matter. The catholic church ceded it’s moral credibility, status, and authority with the way it handled child abuse by priests for decades. The hypocristry is overwhelming.

    1. Jadd says:

      You don’t have to go way back to the 1950’s to prove the DFL public school system is a much bigger child sex abuse institution in the State of Minnesota.

      1. richard says:

        That’s why Dayton wants to put more money into it!!!