|"Gott in Himmel!"|
|The Pope and author, Peter Seewald.|
Pope Benedict: As a matter of fact, you know, people can get condoms when they want them anyway. But this just goes to show that condoms alone do not resolve the question itself. More needs to happen. Meanwhile, the secular realm itself has developed the so-called ABC Theory: Abstinence-Be Faithful-Condom, where the condom is understood only as a last resort, when the other two points fail to work. This means that the sheer fixation on the condom implies a banalization of sexuality, which, after all, is precisely the dangerous source of the attitude of no longer seeing sexuality as the expression of love, but only a sort of drug that people administer to themselves. This is why the fight against the banalization of sexuality is also a part of the struggle to ensure that sexuality is treated as a positive value and to enable it to have a positive effect on the whole of man’s being.
There may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility, on the way toward discovering an awareness that not everything is allowed and that one cannot do whatever one wants. But it is not really the way to deal with the evil of HIV infection. That can really lie only in a humanization of sexuality.
Seewald: Are you saying, then, that the Catholic Church is actually not opposed in principle to the use of condoms?
Pope Benedict: She of course does not regard it as a real or moral solution, but, in this or that case, there can be nonetheless, in the intention of reducing the risk of infection, a first step toward a different way, a more human way, of living sexuality.
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First: It's not about condoms. Condoms are not evil in and of themselves. They have no will and no intent. They are morally neutral. And sometimes brightly colored.
Second: What the argument is about is another ABC: "Artificial Birth Control". Artificial Birth Control is the intentional use of some device for the express purpose to avoid pregnancy during sexual activity. Artificial Birth Control (condoms, IUD's, THE PILL, etc) use is considered a sin in the CONTEXT OF MARRIAGE. Yes, when you are married, you are not to hinder or suppress the openess to having babies. Ever. Sex=possibly baby making. It's all here in the much maligned Humanae Vitae. Read it all before you judge!
|Artificial Bert Control?|
So, what's the fuss?
The Pope had made some comment concerning the distribution of condoms in parts of Africa as a non-solution to the AIDS crisis. He basically stated that passing out condoms is giving up on the human ability to make positive sexual choices. He believes that people, no matter where they come from, are capable of ABSTINENCE and/or BEING FAITHFUL (ie: married).
|Only rabbits are accused of not controlling their desires. Silly rabbits..all that cereal eating.|
The Pope stepped out just a bit and gave the interviewer probably more than most pastors will. He entered the discussion by going in the murky waters of discerning a morality in the context of sinful act. The Pope again was seeing only the best in human nature by saying that if a male prostitute (I humbly ask the Pope not to bring the alemay rostitutepays up again) uses a condom he may be showing a movement toward charity by not inflicting a disease on the ...umm... partner. He is showing responsibility in some sense.
|No. The pope never said Rob Schneider films are good. Ever.|
I, personally, am proud of the Pope's comments. This can be a good moment to allow Catholics, especially, pastors to embrace the discussion of sexuality again like adults. Conceivably (pun intended) this is a very good thing.
Hopefully, we can also not hear about male prostitutes...or the overuse of the word banalization. It's just a me thing.