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Pope Opens Up on Condom Use

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Posted on Nov 20, 2010
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Renowned sexpert Pope Benedict XVI, reversing or at least detouring from the Catholic church’s hard-line stance against contraception, now says that condoms might be a good idea for prostitutes.

Benedict claimed that the use of condoms could reduce HIV transmission, especially among sex workers. But he went on to say that the “sheer fixation on the condom implies a banalization of sexuality.” —JCL

The BBC:

Pope Benedict XVI has said the use of condoms is acceptable “in certain cases”, according to a new book.

He 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.

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By RayLan, November 22, 2010 at 10:59 pm Link to this comment

“What Benny knows about sex and sexuality would fit a thimble.”
Or Benny’s condom.

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By berniem, November 21, 2010 at 7:48 pm Link to this comment

Benny 16- The first true vatican “Trojan Man”!

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By Lafayette, November 21, 2010 at 10:48 am Link to this comment

What Benny knows about sex and sexuality would fit a thimble.

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By Kath Cantarella, November 21, 2010 at 6:51 am Link to this comment
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The original interview was in German. The Italian translator changed ‘male prostitutes’ to ‘prostitutes’. Since men having sex with men doesn’t technically involve ‘making babies’, Ratzinger thinks it’s ‘morally responsible’ for them to wear condoms to protect their partners. Forget about all the vulnerable people in developing countries who are infected by their husbands or wives, gee, we better not stop a baby being made during sex, that would be morally BAD. Even babies with HIV who die without growing up have a moral imperative to be born and suffer and die ‘cos the almighty church says so. The Humane Vitae doctrine isn’t about being ‘moral’ or traditional or out-of-date: it’s about upholding and promoting patriarchy and the oppression and the great (unacknowledged, dismissed, mocked) suffering that it causes women which denies them their selfhood, results in much higher birth-rates, much less resources to go around, and a much lower standard of living for all, except the powerful. Like the Pope, who thinks modernizing the doctrine will emasculate his church and his position. Which to me is the epitomy of immorality.

The church desperately needs to be ‘emasculated’ before it can claim any true moral authority.

Definition of emasculation: what happens when a man steals a woman’s stuff and she fights to get it back and wins.

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By Brad Evans, November 21, 2010 at 1:50 am Link to this comment
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And Hedges wants religions to remain “relevant”? 
  The sooner people get rid of the fantasists in weird clothes, the better.
  End tax breaks for religions now.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 21, 2010 at 12:14 am Link to this comment

I thought he said MALE prostitutes.  I guess so his priests who rape young boys won’t give them STDs.

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By RayLan, November 20, 2010 at 9:53 pm Link to this comment

He should also recommend it to his pedophile priests so the altar boys won’t be at risk for STDs and AIDS.

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By diamond, November 20, 2010 at 4:45 pm Link to this comment

The Pope is a silly old man in red slippers. “A banalization of sexuality”? Coming from a man who is allegedly celibate, a man with no wife or children this is grotesque. What would he know about real life in the real world? Nothing. So he should shut up. Alternatively he should go and live in a brothel for a while so he can understand why condoms are needed to prevent HIV infections and also overpopulation - something the Catholic church favors greatly.

Fuck off, shuole unless you’ve got something to say - and clearly you don’t.

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