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."


  1. Fred says

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

  2. TANK says

    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.

  3. Matt26 says

    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?

  4. CoMo'mo says

    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.

  5. johnosahon says

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

  6. johnosahon says

    COMO’MO | NOV 20, 2010 4:45:01 PM

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

  7. Bryan says

    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.

  8. says

    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?

  9. Toto says

    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.

  10. cg says

    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.

  11. Paul R says

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

  12. ratbastard says

    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.

  13. says

    @ 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 ?

  14. Holy Rollers? says

    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?

  15. ashton cruz says

    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.

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  17. Jerome says

    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! ^_^

  18. Anastasia Beaverhausen says

    Religion as comedy. Here’s another one:

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

    A — All of them.

  19. ratbastard says

    Have you ever seen an ugly Swiss Guard? I haven’t; and I have been to the Vatican several times.

    POSTED BY: JERY6 | NOV 21, 2010 12:39:35 PM


    …Guess what? Looks are a part of the hiring process in elite positions like the Swiss Guards. High profile military honor guards in the U.S. are also deliberately made up of ‘good looking’ guys. This is true of other nations also. Any elite honor guard or high profile position will be populated by ‘good looking’, tall, etc., people. I was down on Newbury St in Boston yesterday, a very fashionable ‘hip’ place; every sales associate, even the valets, were all ‘good looking’, some establishments clearly had a physical-type preference for their employees.

  20. Jawohl Mein Fuhrer says

    Interesting observation, re Swiss guards.

    I imagine for this Pope the type would be big strong Aryan blue-eyed blondes, just like his old boss used to like ’em.

    (Pope used to wear the brown shirts of Hitler’s youth.)

  21. ratbastard says

    Nazis! Their everywhere! Everywhere!!

    KILL! Kill all the blue eyed!! Nazis, all of them! KILL all the yellow haired! KILL them all!

    And gingers have no soul. Because they’re Nazis! That’s why!

  22. romeo says

    LOL – I did a double-take the first time I read this in the news yesterday. The very first time the RCC has given tacit approval for the use of condoms, and it’s for THIS!

    Perhaps more revealing than the Pope realized about the actual mindset of the Church. Sure the Vatican will be “clarifying” soon.

  23. customartist says

    CNN is Not reporting that the Pope’s comments about condom usage were specified toward Male Prostitutes.

    Gay News Outlets are being specific that the Pope did specify Male Prostitutes.

    There is an important distinction here. Is this being watered down? Is CNN being accurate or not?

  24. BobN says

    This is very good news. No matter what you think about the Pope, Catholicism, or its theology, you cannot ignore the practical implications of this. The Church has stood in the way of condom distribution for ANY reason. This allows for a legitimate reason. This allows distribution to happen.