Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pope Benedict Concedes Condom Use (for Male Prostitutes)

      There's big news coming from the Vatican.  

     The BBC reports  (My comments are interspersed.):
     The book - Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times - is based on a series of interview [sic] the Pope gave the German Catholic journalist, Peter Seewald, earlier this year.
     Note: what Pope Ben said in the interviews with Seewald are not official Catholic teachings.  If the pope's following comments are to be "official," an encyclical is in order.
     When asked whether the Catholic Church was not opposed in principle to the use of condoms, the Pope replied: "She of course does not regard it as a real or moral solution, but, in this or that case, there can be nonetheless, in the intention of reducing the risk of infection, a first step in a movement toward a different way, a more human way, of living sexuality."
     Click on the links on "different," "more human," and "living sexuality" to see how Pope Ben's celibate own have done such a fantastic job of living hypocritically.
     The Pope gives the example of the use of condoms by male prostitutes as "a first step towards moralisation", even though condoms are "not really the way to deal with the evil of HIV infection."
     This is a very good thing.  Now the Vatican's male prostitutes will no longer be infecting Catholic clerics, who are in town for "business" and/or "pilgrimage."  Perhaps the pope's decision was economic.  Has the global recession been that rough on Vatican tourism?
     He says that the "sheer fixation on the condom implies a banalisation of sexuality" where sexuality is no longer an expression of love, "but only a sort of drug that people administer to themselves."
     As I've observed in my experience of priesthood, the drugs of choice for conservative Catholic clerics are ignorance and fear.  Now, Ben has one less fear: getting HIV from one of his choir boys.

     Ten years after the Kansas City Star exposed the death rate for Catholic priests dying from AIDS as four times higher than the U.S. population, nearly three decades after medical professionals began advocating condom usage to curb the spread of HIV, and after decades of the Vatican's stubborn ignorance and fear pushing against WHO's anti-HIV efforts around the world, maybe Pope Ben and the Catholic Church are finally going to enter the 1980s .

     But how many thousands have been unnecessarily infected in the meanwhile?