Pope Benedict the Sixteenth (XVI) approves the usage of condoms to prevent the spread of diseases, most notably AIDS. In his new book, The Light of the World: The Pope, the Church, and the Signs of the Times, the Pope states, â€œIn certain cases, where the intention is to reduce the risk of infection, it can nevertheless be first step on the way to another, more humane sexualityâ€, according to The Vatican newspaper. This has become a shock worldwide because for Pope Benedict the Sixteenth (XVI) to go against the traditional Catholic Churchâ€™s stance of â€œno contraceptives...periodâ€ is unheard of.
However, in the book, Pope Benedict the Sixteenth (XVI) went on to say that, "Becoming simply fixated on the issue of condoms makes sexuality more banal and exactly this is the reason why so many people no longer find sexuality to be an expression of their love, but a type of self-administered drug." This statement is proven amongst society today. With the way engaging in sex is promoted, itâ€™s no wonder why so many people have sexually transmitted infections.
Back in 2009, Pope Benedict the Sixteenth (XVI) told reporters that condoms would increase the AIDS epidemic, not resolve it. Though it is ambiguous as to when the usage of condoms is acceptable, the Pope has at least admitted that using condoms is acceptable. Now that Pope Benedict the Sixteenth (XVI) has invoked his stance on the issue, will the Catholic Church follow suit?