Vatican: Pope not changing Church teaching on condom use

23/11/2010

Despite media claims of a revolutionary change, Pope Benedict is not altering Catholic teaching on condom use or justifying the disordered use of sexuality, Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi has explained.

Catholic News Agency has reported on a 21 November statement from Vatican Radio, in which Fr Lombardi discussed the Pope’s comments in Peter Seewald’s forthcoming book Light of the World: the Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times.

In these comments, “the Pope is not reforming or changing the teaching of the Church but he reaffirms it, putting it in the perspective of the value and dignity of human sexuality as an expression of love and responsibility,” the spokesman said.

In Seewald’s book, Pope Benedict says that the Church “of course” does not regard condom use as “a real or moral solution” to the problem of AIDS. According to Fr Lombardi, his treatment of the topic considers an “exceptional situation” in which a sexual act presents a true risk for another’s life.

Read full report at Catholic News Agency

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