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Pope: Condoms are OK (in certain circumstances)

Pope: Condoms are OK (in certain circumstances)

Pope Benedict XVI says that condom use is acceptable to prevent the spread of disease in some cases, such as male prostitutes who want to prevent the spread of HIV.

Excerpts from the pope’s interviews with German writer Peter Seewald were released Saturday in L’Osservatore Romano, the semiofficial Vatican newspaper. “Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times,” is to be released Tuesday.

In the past, the church has opposed all methods of birth control except abstinence and avoiding sex at times when conception is likely. In the interview, the pope said the circumstances justifying condom use are limited.

“There may be justified individual cases, for example when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be … a first bit of responsibility, to redevelop the understanding that not everything is permitted and that one may not do everything one wishes,” he said. “But it is not the proper way to deal with the horror of HIV infection.”

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Sources: CNN, CBS, UPI

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