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November 22nd, 2010
08:57 AM ET

Condoms and the Pope

With a new book being released Tuesday, The Pope has been quoted as saying some very controversial thoughts on the use of condoms in the book.

The Catholic Church has forever been against the use of any type of unnatural birth control such as the use of condoms. However the Pope in his new book says there maybe acceptable uses, “There could be single cases that can be justified, for instance when a prostitute uses a condom,” says Pope Benedict XVI.

Is the Pope’s statement a sign of possible changes forthcoming at the Vatican or the Pope just speaking his mind?

We want to hear from you! Kyra Phillips will read some of your responses during the 10 o’clock hour.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Paul

    The Catholic Church is no more of a moral authority today then it was when it suppressed reasonable scientific findings by Galileo centuries ago, and they just recently got around to admitting they were wrong about that. If they are still confused about the utility and necessity of condoms today with all the scientific research available to their scholars, I put no faith in their moral compass.

    November 22, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  2. Sean Pierre

    A talk like that to me is very sceptic, there are many greater rules of interest that could be reviewed for a world changing experience. Come on Pope economically there will be more people using condoms even his followers can fall guilty to this.

    November 22, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  3. PamelaJoAnne

    Our Catholic faith continues to evolve in our search for the Truth. Pope B XVI has given clarification. We believe in his holiness in matters of faith and morals, and know that he, along with so many others, has prayed on his knees for direction for hours upon hours. I love my pope!!!

    November 22, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  4. therese

    Big news agencies should not take the Pope's words out of context... the Catholic Church never changes her stance on moral issues and the Pope is a very holy man who would never attempt to lead the Church astray; his personal views will always be in accord with the Truth.

    November 22, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  5. Peter

    Too little too late! Then immediately the Vatican Backed off the comments. you should be reporting THAT! The Catholic Church is responsible for many deaths by promoting ignorance. They should be held accountable.

    November 22, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  6. Dan

    Peter, explain how the Catholic church is responsible for these deaths. Did the Catholic church force people to have unsafe sex?
    Just curious. We make decisions as human beings, and must accept the consequences.
    However, I don't see how the Catholic church can call the pope "holy". He is not "holy".

    November 22, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  7. vernon

    No one should minimize how significant this is for the Roman Catholic Church. To take a bold step into the 2oth century (from the middle ages) when the 21st century is barely upon us is really something.

    November 22, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  8. C.S. Thomas Aquinas

    The Catholic Church is not changing its stance on condoms, the Catholic Church addresses condoms in the frame of marriage, the Pope is not using his infallibility in this situation.The Pope is talking about his opinions and how morality and humanity maybe coming back when you see such things as male prostitutes using condoms and realising that our actions do have consequences and that we shouldn't hurt others by those actions.

    Paul, you really consider a hundred years after Galileo, recent?

    Sean Pierre, just because a lot of people do something that means the Catholic Church should condone it? No we tolerate it, but we do not condone it. We're a moral authority for a reason, because we do not change our morals.

    Peter, how did the Vatican back off the comments? It was Pope Benedict XVI's private opinions, not the teaching of the Church. Stop using Straw man arguments. Just makes you sound dumb.

    Vernon, the Roman Catholic Church didn't do anything, Pope Benedict XVI explained his private opinions on a single individual circumstance of using a condom. This is not the teaching of the Catholic Church.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  9. Patricia DeToro

    Good grief!

    First off, the Pope's comments do not have the authority to change the Catholic Church's position on anything. Statements made to a journalist in an interview are nothing but the Pope's personal opinions.

    Second, and not surprising, the Pope's statements were taken out of context. His full statement regarding the condom issue was not published. I suggest that you engage in responsible journalism and read the WHOLE discussion on condoms, including Pope Benedict's statement "[i]In my remarks I was not making a general statement about the condom issue, but merely said, and this is what caused such great offense, that we cannot solve the problem by distributing condoms. Much more needs to be done. We must stand close to the people, we must guide and help them; and we must do this both before and after they contract the disease.

    November 22, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
  10. Pedro

    Often times, it is very easy to be critical toward everyone but ourselves. If the Church really has no credibility or authority, as Paul claims, whether or not she changes her teaching on condoms should not matter and would not be news. It does matter and is news because we know, perhaps only on a subconscious level, that she is right. It is just easier to take punches than to try and change ourselves in order to see things from another perspective and understand them.
    The Holy Father's words were taken out of context. His comments were not that in a single case the use of condoms would be morally licit, but only that it may be a sign that a conversion is beginning. In other words, even in a morally sinful action, there are signs of hope.

    November 22, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  11. gerald

    "The Catholic Church has forever been against the use of any type of unnatural birth control such as the use of condoms. "

    And still is. The point of the Pope's statement is NOT about Birth Control. It is about preservation of life. He is not saying one can use a condom to prevent birth in any shape or form. That cannot be the intent at all or it is gravely evil. One might look at the couple who wants children badly but the husband has contracted aides through a transfusion. The sin is not in the latex but in the hearts and minds of men. The husband, though desiring a child seeks to protect his brides life while joining in the unitiv aspects

    November 22, 2010 at 9:25 pm |
  12. Name: Mark

    In the case of marital sexual relations, the contribution of the use of a condom to sinfulness is 100%, since it turns an otherwise good act into a sin.

    November 23, 2010 at 2:57 am |
  13. Jim

    I do not recognize the pope as being able to accomplish anything. The catholic church is a backwards organization that is dying in it's present state. How long can an group of people turn a blind eye to the reality around us?

    The church told all of Africa that condoms were a sin and now Africa has the highest concentration of AIDS on the planet. Yeah, way to go, Catholic Church.

    No wonder that Islam is spreading across the continent like a disease. After decades and decades of charity, the catholic church has failed these people miserably.

    November 23, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  14. pawel

    they are the last persons to talk about sex life .

    November 23, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  15. Jean, Toronto

    The Pope's words were distorted and misconstrued. The Catholic Church will never approve of male and female prostitutes just as much as homosexual and lesbian relationships and so-called marriage. All are offensive to God and are intrinsically evil/sinful. Therefore, the Pope will never approve of it or change the teaching of the Catholic Church. Many of you lack mortal (moral) and spiritual enlightenment.
    I have sent a writing to CNN Newsroom which detailed my views about this misleading information which had absolutely nothing to do with the Pope and his statement as relayed by the Media as CNN.
    The Media, too, should ensure that what is stated and broadcasted is accurate prior to re-broadcasting it to the public.
    There are those who will believe all what the Media states and do not realize that it may not always be accurate.
    This adverse information is purely propaganda to discredit the Pope and the Catholic Church. God knows better.
    As Our Lord Jesus Christ said: The Holy BIble of the New Testament -Matthew 12:33:37 – A Tree and Its Fruits – Either declare the tree good and its fruit is good, or declare the tree rotten and its fruit is rotten, for a tree is known by its fruit...For from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks. A good person brings forth good out of a store of goodness, but an evil person brings forth evil out of a store of evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will render an account for every careless word they speak. By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.
    The above says it all and requires no further explanation or clarification.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  16. Paul D

    I think there's a beauty in this commotion.

    It seems that, in its own, strange way, the Media desperately hungers for the approval of the Pope. The Holy Father has an inherent fatherly authority, just as any priest does. Even as anti-Catholics attack the Pope for his reiteration of Church teaching, they look to him to validate their beliefs and behavior.

    No one seems to ask the Ayatollah Khamenei or the Greek Orthodox Patriarch (who both teach against contraception) for possible statements that could be misconstrued as supporting contraception. No one turns to Reverend Al Sharpton or the Anglican Church for validation of contraception. They instinctively know there's no inherent authority in these sources.

    Yet, in all this (incorrect) reporting, there's a palpable sense of relief that "finally, the Pope has come around to our way of thinking! Phew!"

    I see a real light in the transparent and intentional misinterpretation of the Pope's statements on condoms. The world still sees the Holy Father as their Spiritual Father. I love my Holy Father!!

    November 25, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  17. Lori

    The Pope and the Catholic Church need to rethink their birth control policy, it's so outdated, I'm sure most don't even pay attention to it. How could you be a responsible person and not practice birth control? Not to mention STD's, no one should not be practicing safe sex!! It's hard to understand the Pope. After how many priests around the world that we have since been finding out are child predators, yet it would appear that the church covered for many of those priests when what they should have done is turned them all over to the police! I think the Church should stay out of the birth control issue, it's really none of their business anyway.

    November 27, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  18. Gianna Moorhouse

    January 28, 2021 at 10:32 pm |

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