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But this year, in addition to reporting the new statistics we have a papal interview to unpack and analyze. Has the pope said anything new? The world has halted and reversed the spread of HIV.
Lisa McClain does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. At the time, the decision shocked many Catholic priests and laypeople.
The list below is, of course, not comprehensive. Amongst their findings the following facts stand out:. An internal investigation by the Order of Malta found that von Boeselager was ultimately responsible for the programmes that involved the distribution of condoms and abortifacient drugs.
In Pope Benedict XVI said that the use of condoms could sometimes be considered a first step toward moral behavior, but a spokesperson for the church later clarified that the use of condoms was still considered immoral and that the pope had not intended to take a position "on the problem of condoms in general. United Nations bodies have criticised the Church for its stance against condom use, on the basis that condoms are the best available means to prevent infections among sexually active people. UN bodies co-operate closely with the Church on the provision of patient care, and in eliminating infections in children.
In embargoed comments released Thursday Feb. The quote quickly joined other now-famous sound bites from Francis, who has become known for his off-the-cuff and seemingly progressive remarks on everything from LGBT issues to the salvation of atheists. For generations, it was generally accepted that artificial contraception was a no-go under church rules, a position that was also common in Protestant churches.
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 stressed that abstinence was the best policy in fighting the disease but in some circumstances it was better for a condom to be used if it protected human life. A million counterfeit condoms seized.
For Immediate Release. The young activists also called on Pope Benedict XVI to use Catholic World Youth Day as an opportunity to hear the voices of young Catholics and non-Catholics who are or might in the future be affected by the ban. It encourages healthy sexuality and communication about these issues. It honors the truth and does not use lies to advance an anti-sex agenda.
The Rev. Though Benedict did not endorse the general use of condoms or change official church teaching — which still strongly opposes contraceptives — his words ricocheted around the globe, greeted with anger from some conservative Catholics and enthusiasm from clerics and health workers in Africawhere the AIDS problem is worst. The pope also considers the continent to be a major area of growth for the church.