The “big news” on the local paper’s website is a link to an AP article that says the Pope said some condom use may be justified.
No. No, he didn’t say that. Not at all.
The Vatican’s semi-official newspaper L’Osservatore Romano released a series of excerpts, including an out-of-context quote about condoms, from Peter Seewald’s new book, “The Light of the World”. In this out-of-context quote, the Pope states:
“There may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility, on the way toward recovering an awareness that not everything is allowed and that one cannot do whatever one wants. But it is not really the way to deal with the evil of HIV infection. That can really lie only in a humanization of sexuality.”
Apparently, the AP ran with that out-of-context quote and many others have picked up on it as well. Surprise.
“The Holy Father is simply observing that for some homosexual prostitutes the use of a condom may indicate an awakening of a moral sense; an awakening that sexual pleasure is not the highest value, but that we must take care that we harm no one with our choices. He is not speaking to the morality of the use of a condom, but to something that may be true about the psychological state of those who use them. If such individuals are using condoms to avoid harming another, they may eventually realize that sexual acts between members of the same sex are inherently harmful since they are not in accord with human nature. The Holy Father does not in any way think the use of condoms is a part of the solution to reducing the risk of AIDs. As he explicitly states, the true solution involves “humanizing sexuality.”
So, no. No he didn’t. The Holy Father is ever on the side of the truth and “the oversexed world” is ever on the side of trying to find a “loophole”. The truth has no loopholes.