Vatican clarifies Pope’s comment on condoms, says he does not condone contraception

The Vatican yesterday clarified Pope Benedict XVI’s comment on the conditional use of condoms, reports the AP. In a recent statement, the Vatican emphasized that the Pope is not condoning the use of condoms to avoid an unwanted pregnancy. "The idea... is completely arbitrary and is in no way justified either by his words or in his thought."

Citing the Pope’s book-length interview entitled Light of the World that was released last month, the AP reports, "Benedict said that condoms weren’t the real or moral solution to battling HIV and AIDS. But he said the intention to use condoms in some cases, such as for male prostitutes, could be a first step toward a more moral and responsible human sexuality."

The Vatican, in a statement, reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s stand against prostitution. "However, those involved in prostitution who are HIV positive and who seek to diminish the risk of contagion by the use of a condom may be taking the first step in respecting the life of another even if the evil of prostitution remains in all its gravity."

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