Ohio – Some Catholic believers in the Americas greeted Pope Benedict XVI's comments on condoms as a sign that the church was stepping into the modern debate in the fight against AIDS, though the church was adamant Sunday that nothing has changed in its views banning contraception.
Churchgoers had praise and wariness for the pope's comments that condoms could be morally justified in some limited situations, such as for male prostitutes wanting to prevent the spread of HIV.
Others cautioned it could open a doctrinal Pandora's box. And the exact meaning of what the pope said was still up for interpretation.
"That's a theological mind trap," said Wendy Lasekan, a 47-year-old stay-at-home mom, after Sunday morning Mass at Saint Michael Catholic Church in Worthington, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus.
"In some cases, it would be justifiable — or acceptable — to use a condom," she said. "If your goal would be to prevent the spread of AIDS, that would be a charitable act."
Answer by kerp1960 at 8:44 AM on Nov. 22, 2010
It's a start but they still have a long way to go to catch up to the 21st century.
Answer by beeky at 8:44 AM on Nov. 22, 2010
Answer by Scuba at 8:49 AM on Nov. 22, 2010
Answer by witchqueen at 1:22 PM on Nov. 22, 2010
Answer by autodidact at 2:10 PM on Nov. 22, 2010
Answer by mrs_pulley at 4:48 PM on Nov. 22, 2010
Nothing has changed in terms of the chucrch's stance on BC/contraception. Changing official church doctrine would take a great deal more thought, effort and time. Something more along the lines of an official Vatican 3- The Pope does not make decisions of this magnitude all by himself-
Answer by Sisteract at 6:58 PM on Nov. 22, 2010
Answer by tasches at 7:48 PM on Nov. 22, 2010
Answer by 2boys4momma at 8:02 PM on Nov. 22, 2010