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Condoms Are Tolerable With the Pope but Fine With Local Clergy

By Candace Y.A. Montague

November 23, 2010

Condoms are OK but not for birth control. Photo:

Condoms are OK but not for birth control. Photo: europeanlifenetwork.

Pope Benedict XVI has stated in a recent interview that he is OK with condom use as a method to prevent the spread of HIV. He does not condone using condoms to prevent pregnancy but in the case of male prostitution it is understandable. The comments are coming out of the book Light of the World: The Pope, The Church, and the Sign of the Times that was published yesterday. In the book, the Pope states that the Roman Catholic Church does not see condoms as "a real or moral solution," and says that they are "not really the way to deal with the evil of HIV infection. That can really lie only in a humanization of sexuality." This is the point that local church leaders are attempting to address as well.

Recently, HAHSTA hosted a One in the Spirit Symposium where local church leaders came together to discuss AIDS, stigma and sexuality in the church. Many of the leaders in attendance expressed sincere concern about the spread of the virus and stressed the importance of discussing it within the church. Condoms were also discussed as a means of preventing the virus. The key to getting more clergy members on board with condoms is first talking about sexuality (including homosexuality) among youth, adults, and even seniors in the church. Condom use is just one aspect of the discussion that needs to occur sooner rather than later.

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Candace Y.A. Montague

Candace Y.A. Montague

Candace Y.A. Montague has been learning about HIV since 1988 (and she has the certificates from the American Red Cross to prove it). Health is a high priority to Candace because she believes that nothing can come of your life if you're not healthy enough to enjoy it. One of her two master's degrees is in Community Health Promotion and Education. Candace was inspired to act against HIV after seeing a documentary in 2008 about African-American women and HIV. She knew that writing was the best way for her to make a difference and help inform others. Candace is a native Washingtonian and covers HIV news all around D.C. She has covered fundraisers, motorcycle rides, town hall meetings, house balls, Capitol Hill press conferences, election campaigns and protests for The DC and emPower News Magazine.

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