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Pope: Condoms OK To Use 'In Certain Cases' - For Male Prostitutes

This unexpected news comes today via excerpts form a new book to be published by Pope Benedict.

The BBC reports:

6a00d8341c730253ef011168fdaff7970c-800wiHe said condoms could reduce the risk of infection with HIV, such as for a prostitute, in a series of interviews he gave to a German journalist.

The Vatican newspaper ran excerpts on Saturday.

The comments appear to soften the Roman Catholic Church's hardline stance, which until now had banned the use of any form of contraception.

When asked whether the Catholic Church is "fundamentally against the use of condoms", the Pope is said to have replied, in the book entitled Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times:

"It of course does not see it as a real and moral solution.

"In certain cases, where the intention is to reduce the risk of infection, it can nevertheless be a first step on the way to another, more humane sexuality," he said.

In which "certain cases" does he refer to? The Pope uses male protitution as an example of when people should use condoms.

This new belief goes very much against what the Pope said just last year about condoms being used to in the battle against AIDS. At the time he said, "You can't resolve it with the distribution of condoms. On the contrary, it increases the problem."

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  1. Yes by all means! Next time the Pope chooses a male prostitute, they would be wise to use a condom.

    Posted by: Fred | Nov 20, 2010 3:35:58 PM

  2. He's not the first pasty old virgin in the church's history to croak his approval prostitution as a social "good" from his dank cellar...that morbidly obese albino aquinas...making the nazi pope a thomist. An understanding of life on earth immune to science, ethics, and reason.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 20, 2010 3:53:32 PM

  3. This is odd and a big suprise. What is going on in the wings? Why this change? This was nowhere near last time The Pope spoke. Will the Vatican and the Pope "come out" later and deny their new opinion?

    Posted by: Matt26 | Nov 20, 2010 3:54:47 PM

  4. No surprise at all. I've no doubt he insists the rent boys put on a rubber before fucking him.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 20, 2010 4:11:59 PM

  5. I say it is OK to shove hundreds of used condoms down his throat.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Nov 20, 2010 4:12:50 PM

  6. What about female prostitutes? It seems that would be a logical extension. And is there some loophole that would introduce the way to MSMs to use them with their wives? Of course, that would require some at home explanations.

    Posted by: CoMo'mo | Nov 20, 2010 4:45:01 PM

  7. nothing surprising here, i bet the priest use male prostitutes a lot, he is only trying to protect his priests.

    Posted by: johnosahon | Nov 20, 2010 4:55:33 PM

  8. COMO'MO | NOV 20, 2010 4:45:01 PM

    well priest don't have sex with females, so they are on their own

    Posted by: johnosahon | Nov 20, 2010 4:57:06 PM

  9. Utterly bizarre..

    Posted by: Dave | Nov 20, 2010 5:00:41 PM

  10. http://fablog.ehrensteinland.com/2010/11/20/fait-diver-where-the-rubber-meets-the-pope/

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 20, 2010 5:09:44 PM

  11. The great turd has spoken...

    Posted by: MoJo | Nov 20, 2010 5:13:50 PM

  12. The RCC is fundamentally _for_ uncontrolled reproduction, and all the misery and destruction that inevitably results from it.

    It never ceases to amaze me how many vicious, authoritarian death cults are built on the few statements of a Jewish hippy socialist rabble rouser who lived 2,000 years ago.

    Posted by: Bryan | Nov 20, 2010 5:21:03 PM

  13. Like people who sell their bodies for a living were all stressed out about the churches' disapporval of their using condom's. Thank God they won't have that hanging over their heads anymore. According to the church, they are still going to hell, but at least now it won't be because they use protection. WTF?

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 20, 2010 6:04:49 PM

  14. COMO I was thinking the same thing. A lot of media outlets seem to see this as some sign of complete enlightenment. It's the same misogynistic, homophobic bs the church has always pushed. I don't sense any actual concern for anyone's well-being as much as a reaffirmation that those wicked sinners who "started" HIV and are going to Hell anyway (homosexuals) aren't regulated by the faith since we aren't recognized.

    Posted by: Toto | Nov 20, 2010 6:18:19 PM

  15. Intrinsically disordered - that would be the church of saint peter.

    Posted by: Drakow | Nov 20, 2010 6:28:43 PM

  16. Uh, Como? We're talking about Catholics...so, no, why would he think about women? They're 2nd (at best) class citizens to the Pope.

    Posted by: cg | Nov 20, 2010 7:00:58 PM

  17. I'm so tired of hearing the pope or church's views on anything, especially when they consider it relevant to modern life.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 20, 2010 7:31:54 PM

  18. Well at least the male prostitutes now have permission to use protection. I'm sure they were really sweating that one :)

    Posted by: Pearl Earrings | Nov 20, 2010 7:50:06 PM

  19. Vatican gift shop suggestions:

    Holy lube

    Blessed condoms

    ...They'd sell like hotcakes

    Nice of the Pope to care about those poor, abused, male hustler druggies.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 20, 2010 8:04:01 PM

  20. @ DRAKOW : Yeah, and we're the ones supposed to be "intrinsically disordered".
    Where do they think up this shit ?
    Seriously ? in the bathroom, the library, over breakfast, in the chapel/Sistine, in the vatican museum, while they are out for a walk ?
    Where does this shit come from ? And what about the Swiss Guards, can they use condoms when fucking ? Even for money ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 20, 2010 8:15:17 PM

  21. When I heard this story covered on NBC Nightly News I laughed out loud. The poor woman who was forced to read it looked pained. The main commentator just said nothing at the end of her story but also had a pained expression and went on to the next story.

    It's official, the Pope is a world-wide embarrassment.

    And, I think I detect a pinhole in someone's infallibility. Maybe they are going to market Vatican condoms? With a Papal stamp of approval?

    Posted by: Holy Rollers? | Nov 20, 2010 8:48:06 PM

  22. This makes me wonder how many priest have secretly died of AIDS or have infected the young boys they rape for the Poop-e to have come up with this totally out of left field decision.

    It is clear this is yet another way for these homophobes in robes to cover their disgusting asses.

    Posted by: ashton cruz | Nov 20, 2010 11:18:52 PM

  23. Simply, one of the best article l have come across on this precious subject. I quite agree with your suppositions and will eagerly look forward to your forthcoming updates.

    Posted by: archive | Nov 21, 2010 12:29:00 AM

  24. Ok, this is an easy one. Every man is a whore.
    Condoms for everybody!!! Growing up Catholic, I never understood it's antiquated/twisted logic on anything. My feelings are in line with TANK's. He's so eloquent! ^_^

    Posted by: Jerome | Nov 21, 2010 5:15:19 AM

  25. Religion as comedy. Here's another one:

    Q -- How many priests can dance on the head of a penis?

    A -- All of them.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Nov 21, 2010 8:15:39 AM

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