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Thoughts on the Pope's comments?

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."

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 8:27 AM on Nov. 22, 2010 in Religious Debate

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    Ellen Reik, a 79-year-old retired housewife who attended Saint Michael, said if taken out of context, the pope's remarks could renew the debate over the morality of birth control — both as a contraceptive and a means to curb the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

    Several more believers who spoke to The Associated Press following Sunday services in the United States and South America felt the pope's comments marked a tentative step into a more modern stance in the global fight against aids.


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 8:27 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • Yes,that is a step in the right direction. Now if all priests would agree that couples should be able to chose birth control to limit the size of families and teens have access to birth control also, then there will be fewer "accdents" and teen Moms. But I am still in favor of teens NOT having sex.
    The condoms are the right approach. THat's a good sign.

    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

  • It sounds like the Pope is being realistic; people have sex. People get STD's and AIDS. I think this is a step in the right direction. I've read that the Pope is more forward-thinking than his predecessors, I think he is.

    Answer by Scuba at 8:49 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • This would seem to be a flip-flop on his previous statement (shortly after he became pope) that condoms CAUSE AIDS. I think it is pretty silly to be taking advice from a celibate priest about contraception and sex. After all, if he does know anything about either one, he shouldn't. He's a priest. And if he has been true to his vows, he doesn't deal with either sex OR contraception and knows nothing and therefore shouldn't be making decisions about them for other people. No wonder catholics don't know which way is up!!

    Answer by witchqueen at 1:22 PM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • a drop in the bucket compared to centuries of appalling and inhumane acts from this church.

    Answer by autodidact at 2:10 PM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • eh. He pretty much is saying only gay male sex is ok. He still says you should be popping out babies everywhere. There's a more complete statement out there that gives more detail of his view.

    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

  • Acknowledging reality - not all sex is procreative? hah

    Answer by tasches at 7:48 PM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • personally I see it as one more way the pope is trying to say we see our policies as not working.. but were not willing to investigate changing things across the board..

    Answer by 2boys4momma at 8:02 PM on Nov. 22, 2010

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