Pope Benedict approves condom use against AIDS
Birth control was always a sensitive point for the Catholic church, it being in disapproval of it for a really long time. The most popular means of birth control, the condom, was repeatedly disapproved by the Vatican – it is said to interfere with the creation of life.
There is another aspect of condom use that was finally accepted by the Church – the one of saving lives, instead of stopping them from being conceived. Although, according to the Pope, the best policy in avoiding being infected is abstinence, condoms are the next best thing in cases when the intention is to reduce the chances of infection.
As he said, there are certain cases when using a condom is a first bit of responsibility to redevelop the understanding that not everything is permitted. According to him, this is, though, not the proper way to deal with STD’s, especially HIV.
This new concept will be published in a book released by the Vatican next week – a book based on the first face-to-face interview given by Pope Benedict XVI.