Benedict: “Rubber up”

Posted on November 21, 2010

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To many, the Pope’s remarks that the use of condoms may not always be wrong might seen like a slight change of policy. In reality, for a church that has had huge problems modernising and fears change, they are hugely significant.

The church’s previous policy on condoms was repressive and dangerous, and Benedict was rightly criticised last year for suggesting that handing out condoms might increase HIV infection rates. Charities and campaigners have attacked his hard line on contraception. Now, however, the Pope has softened his views, perhaps acknowledging that the church has failed to influence public opinion on this matter and that its campaign to promote abstinence had failed.

It may only be a small step, but the Pope should be applauded for at last assuming some moral responsibility and altering the church’s policy in this respect.

 

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