Malacañang on the Pope conditionally allowing condom use: "The local church cannot be more popish than the Pope"

Following Pope Benedict XVI’s statement allowing the conditional use of condoms, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said local bishops should follow the views of the Vatican. "They cannot be more popish than the Pope," quoted Lacierda and Presidential Communications Development Secretary Ricky Carandang saying.

In a series of interviews, the Pope said the contraceptive may be used "in certain cases where the intention is to reduce the risk of (HIV) infection... for example when a male prostitute uses a condom," reports the AFP. However, the Pope maintained, "It is not the proper way to deal with the horror of HIV infection." quoted Lacierda: "Our local bishops listen to the Pope. So if he has already spoken, maybe the bishops should follow the guidance of our beloved Pope."

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Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) head of public affairs, said they will ask the Vatican for a clarification on the Pope’s stance before they issue a pastoral statement. This would include guidelines on the use of condoms as protection, reports

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