In an interview with journalist Peter Seewald, Pope Benedict XVI said that condom use may be acceptable under "exceptional circumstances" such as use by a male prostitute in order to prevent the spread of HIV/ AIDS.
Interpretation of the pope's pronouncement has varied. Many insist that the church's teaching, which bans birth control, has not changed, but others see the pope's statement as opening the door to a broader conversation about human sexuality in the modern world.
What are the implications of Pope Benedict's statement on condoms in terms of AIDS policy, the church's teaching on sex and its view of women?
Elizabeth Tenety on November 22, 2010 11:13 AM
Our modern world is still so afraid of our sexual selves, still so wrapped in taboos and superstitions, that it is willing to turn this ongoing tragedy into a statistic, a talking point, a moral lesson, instead of seeing the industry of ignorance, suffering, and death in which it is engaged.
Posted by Jason Pitzl-Waters, on November 22, 2010 10:35 PM
There are frankly some things I feel are theologically promising. The key concept is that the use of a condom can be a moral act, given the intention to reduce the risk of infection from HIV/AIDS. A further question is whether this thinking be able to move the Catholic church forward in terms of regarding contraception in general as an "assumption of moral responsibility," that being the most common basis religious traditions use to argue that contraception is a moral good.
Posted by Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, on November 22, 2010 2:15 PM
The worst part is that in all the fuss over what the pope did or didn't say about condoms, many have missed the even more note-worthy and thought-provoking comments from the Benedict XVI in Light of the World.
Posted by Danielle Bean, on November 22, 2010 12:23 PM