Pope Okays Condoms—For Male Prostitutes
November 22, 2010
Vatican (Chattahbox World News)—Pope Benedict XVI told a German journalist that he believes condoms could be acceptable in cases of male prostitution—but stopped short of condoning condoms for heterosexual couples, either as birth control or a means of stopping the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, Salon.com reports.
In an interview for the book, “Light of the World: The Pope, the Church, and the Signs of the Times,” which will be released tomorrow, the Pope said that condoms in the case of male prostitution could be a “first step” toward stopping the spread of HIV, Salon.com notes.
The Pope’s comments were not meant to justify homosexual behavior—a church official was quick to note yesterday that “the pope does not morally justify the exercise of disordered sexuality, but believes that the use of condoms to reduce the risk of infection is a ‘first step on the road to a more human sexuality’ rather than to not use it and risking the lives of others,” Salon.com reports.