NYTimes: Pope Benedict XVI has said that condom use can be justified in some cases to help stop the spread of AIDS, the Vatican’s first exception to a long-held policy banning contraceptives. The pope made the statement in interviews on a host of contentious issues with a German journalist, part of an unusual effort to address some of the harshest criticisms of his turbulent papacy.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/world … pe.html?hp
....well good for him..........now if he could just take another step out of that box....and really, really, look around.....
....just what I needed to read, now i'll go stock up.....cuz he said so..........
I just tried to think about this from the Pope's point of view, but my mind just took me around in circles.
I think he's confused ...
Ha! Good point! We can always count on rawlus for an irreverent comment.
The pope can do what he wants. I am not affected by any decision He makes.
Abstinence is Gods preferred choice, obviously the pope, once again, figures differently.
Interesting. So they acknowledge that there are male prostitutes, but condemn homosexuality.
Not to mention being a wee bit behind the times.
HIV has moved well beyond the gay population (that was like mid 1980s) and it most rampant in heterosexual sex in Africa.
When I first read this I thought well, maybe the reason he doesn't condone condoms for female prostitutes is that if they get pregnant that's a good thing(I'm trying to think like the Pope here).
But pregnancy is not always a good thing, apparently. Even for couples who desperately want to conceive children and are unable to naturally.
Polish bishop sounds off on IVF.
No one expects the POLISH Inquisition !!!
There's no figuring how popes think, I guess... Now... If I were pope I'd frown on male prostitution altogether. I'd figure that would discourage the practice by anyone interested in whether or not I was frowning on it. Voila! x percent of the problem of HIV infection solved. I'd also frown on all math homework (giving math homework HAS to be a sin, as far as I'm concerned), and I'd frown on the new Burger King coffee (that's not just a sin - it's a crime).
I'd smile on female prostitution, provided it could take place in one village in China, between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:05 a.m.; and provided that that any customers provide proof that they were between the ages of 40 years and one month and 40 years and six weeks AND were born at 36 weeks gestation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; between the hours of 10:06 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. I'd even smile on the use of condoms for this select segment of the population. In fact - heck - I'd send them some pope hats to wear on the trip back from the tiny village in China. Voila! x percent of prostitute issues would be resolved, and a whole lot of other people would get to continue not thinking about what one pope or another frowns on.
I think I'd frown on all sex. (It's just easier than frowning on only some sex). I'd also practice frowning, just to make sure that the people of the world really, really, knew I was good and frowning on whatever it was I was frowning on; and I'd never frown when standing on my head (because I'd be worried someone would think my frown was really a smile - and get all confused).
If I were pope I'd tell people to call me, "Stanley MacMillon" on the weekends, but call me, "Ivan Moscowitz" Monday through Friday (except for Tuesday, in which case I'd frown on anyone calling me anything but, "Sir, Pope" ). One other thing: I'd frown on women not wearing hats in church the way they used to, but I'd require they wear pope hats when they attend Mass (only the pope hats would have to be a different color from the pope hats for the people in the village in China - for obvious reasons).
wow.... I thought I was a great random babbler but you have me beat.
see I frown on that
So do I - but I'm tired and it's been a really rough couple of days.. Guess I was in the mood to be silly (a little "punchy", I guess). Hoped a few people would have a sense of of humor. Anyway, I now frown on my own thinking it seemed like a funny idea at the time (but I'm too tired to look up how to make a frown face, so take my word for it). Not looking for sympathy, but just the title of my last Hub probably explains the punchiness to anyone else who frowns on the post above.
Hahahaha that was awesome. Thanks for the laugh. Or the frown.
"I think I'd frown on all sex. (It's just easier than frowning on only some sex)."
So we have to leave it up to the stork to bring babies?
No I loved the above post Lisa HW. It was sooo funny. I was making a joke (or trying to) on the way it seems so random. I'm tired and not making any sense I guess. Anyway the post was awesome and I don't frown on it. So here's a smiley face
Wry Lilt, I was raised Catholic. You mean babies aren't brought by stork?? Oh - rats... I'm just all confused about everything now!!
Thanks for saying you found it funny. I'm just not sure I do. (I did get self-conscious about it - and yet went ahead and hit "submit".) Even so, I, myself, am still "frowning on" my own peculiar attempt at humor. When you get as punchy as I seem to be right now - time to get a nice big, strong, cup of coffee and head off to sleep. Thanks for the smiley face. Here's one back.
So the Pope says condoms are ok in certain situations. Apparently one of those was a not water balloon fight with my mates at Mass yesterday...
It is good to see a Pope finally stepping out of the 6th Century! Condoms for male prostitutes is a start.
Now he just needs to work on ending sexual abuse of children by priests (yes, I know other Churches have this problem too), the ordination of women, and the recognition of the GLBTI community as humans.
No, I am not Catholic, but my long term abuser was.
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