Saturday, 20 November 2010

Has the Vatican softened its stance on condoms?

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According to the BBC, in a long-awaited interview with the German journalist Peter Seewald, which is due to be published as a book on Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI has suggested that the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV may be acceptable "in certain cases". The Vatican newspaper has published extracts today, including his response to the question of whether the Catholic Church is "fundamentally against the use of condoms". He said:
"It of course does not see it as a real and moral solution. 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."
While this hardly represents an endorsement of condoms (and other forms of contraception), it still represents a major shift the Pope's message on this issue. What do you make of it? Is it a sign that the Vatican is open to change, however slow that change may be? Or is it a minor concession that pales in significance when placed alongside the Church's overall policy on condoms?

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