In a rather shocking twist of faiththink, der Popenfurer has decided that it might be ok some of the time for male prostitutes to use condoms. But the church is still against condoms, and they don’t help decrease the spread of AIDS. Unless you’re a male prostitute. Or something.
…the statement was something of a milestone for the church and a significant change for Benedict, who faced intense criticism last year when, en route to AIDS-plagued Africa, he said condom use did not help prevent the spread of AIDS, only abstinence and fidelity did. LINK
Far be it from me to suggest that maybe the Holy See has gotten in a bit over his head, but how else can we look at this? The facts are in, and they’re indisputable. The Catholic Church’s stance on condoms is morally impermissible. The evidence for condom effectiveness is staggering. (I recall a study several years ago with 122 couples with one HIV positive partner in which exactly zero transmitted the disease over an entire year of sexual activity.) When the Pope says condoms don’t stop AIDS, he is quantifiably, qualifiably, morally, and in all other ways wrong.
And frankly, I think male prostitutes ought to be pretty outraged at this latest public policy gaffe. The Church is effectively saying that it doesn’t give a rat’s ass about gays or prostitutes. Since they’re so morally bankrupt that they are beyond redemption, they might as well use condoms to keep themselves from getting AIDS? Really? But good straight people, no way. They ought to have the moral integrity to sleep with exactly one person for their entire life, and have a baby any time they get the chance.
Pardon me, but what kind of a rotting afterbirth of a conscience do you have to have to think that this policy shift is a good idea in any way? This is just a last ditch effort by a flailing, ineffective Pope to hang onto one of the most hideously immoral doctrines given to us by Christianity. He doesn’t deserve a bit of slack or any credit for this.