One year after the election of Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican, in a reversal of church doctrine, is prepared to allow the use of condoms to combat AIDS.
In a victory for reform-minded critics of the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI has now reversed the Catholic Church’s long-standing position with regard to the use of condoms to combat the spread of the HIV virus.
The Vatican’s “health minister” Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, who is close to the pope, told the Rome-based newspaper La Repubblica “It was the pope who took the initiative over this very sensitive and difficult issue.” Barragan, who is Mexican, added that the Vatican is preparing a document on condom use, but declined to reveal its details.
The Pope’s only decades behind everyone else now… he’s catching up!
Then again, he said the following on Monday:
“In an age when scientific developments attract and seduce with the possibilities they offer, it’s more important than ever to educate our contemporaries’ consciences so that science does not become the criteria for goodness,” he told scientists.
… the conservative German-born Pope’s public stand on issues such as abortion and embryonic stem-cell research lead critics to accuse him of holding antiquated views on science.
Is he contradicting himself? (Even if he is, might that be a good thing?)
(Thanks to Maria for the link!)
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