The Pope’s changing view on condom use

November 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

Stories regarding the Catholic church are always ones of interest because of the huge gap between the modern world and the world the Church has had a hard time maintaining. There was an article on the New York Times’ homepage today that stated that “Pope Benedict XVI clearly acknowledged on Tuesday that the need to prevent diseases like AIDS could outweigh the church’s long opposition to the use of condoms.”

A new book will be published next tuesday called “Light of the World: The Pope, the Church, and the Sign of the Times.” According NYT it is “a wide-ranging series of interviews with the German journalist Peter Seewald.”

The entire article in itself is very interesting, going into length about why this statement will shake up people in the world (which always makes for good news) but the one quote that I actually found shocking was the following:

Dr. Haas, a moral theologian, said he had seen an embargoed copy of a new book in which the pope conceded there might be extreme cases in which there were grounds for the use of condoms. “I told the publisher, ‘Don’t publish this; it’s going to create such a mess,’ ” he added.

It seems as though the media and the church will have a hard time ever finding solid ground to stand on together.



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