Sunday Screed

In a rather surprising turn the Pope approved the use of condoms though only under certain circumstances.

He will say that it is acceptable to use a prophylactic when the sole intention is to ‘reduce the risk of infection’ from AIDS – Ottawa Citizen

So those of you looking for pleasure while reducing the risk of pregnancy – another issue the Catholic Church may want to address in the over-populated Africa where this archaic rule has had an impact – are out of luck.  However, those of you engaging in this act for financial purposes are in the clear:

‘There may be justified individual cases, for example when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be…a first bit of responsibility, to redevelop the understanding that not everything is permitted and that one may not do everything one wishes’ – Ottawa Citizen

Well what if I want to fuck for fun?  What does the infallible Ratzinger say on that matter?  He’s being rather ambiguous on the matter.  What if I am engaging in the act with a partner and although we are positive neither of us is caring an STI we use a condom as pre-emptive strike against any potential harm?  Is it too much to ask for more clarity?  These comments surely can’t help:

“But it is not the proper way to deal with the horror of HIV infection” – Ottawa Citizen

Oh?  Given that Ratzinger still stands by abstinence as the answer, I have to wonder what he thinks about the fact that abstinence-only education does not work.  People are going to engage in sexual activity.

Let’s not be too quick to forget that only a year ago the Pope was suggesting that condoms are the problem.  One can’t help but think that this recent announcement is just a way to draw attention away from some other “matters” plaguing the Church.  Or perhaps I’m being too cynical.

In the end what matters is whether or not this will actually make a difference.  It would be interesting to see a study done to determine if a meaningful correlation exists between this decision and a reduction in AIDS or, at the very least, an increase in condom use in Africa.

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