(21-11-2010 02:56 PM)UnderTheMicroscope Wrote: If you look under the "news" headline at the bottom it has the article listed.
Yes, but it's the point of fucking with the linkage that is the pisser.
Let's see what they do with this.
Pope Benedict XVI's comments to a German journalist that condoms are ok to use in some circumstances were welcomed by AIDS activists as the Vatican scrambled to defuse the furor around the remarks.
In an excerpt of an interview for the book "The Light of the World: the Pope, The Church and Signs of The Times" published in the Vatican's official newspaper Saturday, the Pope said that "In certain cases, where the intention is to reduce the risk of infection, [condoms] can nevertheless be first step on the way to another, more humane sexuality."
He added that condoms were not the way to fix the AIDS epidemic.
"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."
The United Nations anti-AIDS campaign welcomed the comments in a statement – even though Benedict XVI said that condoms were not the way to stop the spread of the deadly disease.
"This is a significant and positive step forward taken by the Vatican today," UNAIDS executive director Michael Sidibe said in a statement. "This move recognizes that responsible sexual behavior and the use of condoms have important roles in HIV prevention."
Meanwhile, clearly caught off guard, the Vatican said Saturday the pope isn't changing the Church's policies, which forbid the use of condoms and other contraceptives.
"With this, the pope isn't reforming or changing the teaching of the church, but reaffirming it, putting it in the context of the value and the dignity of human sexuality as expression of love and responsibility," Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said.
"The reasoning of the pope cannot certainly be defined as a revolutionary turn," he continued.
That statement didn't stop the spread of different interpretations across the Church as leaders scrambled to respond to the pope's remarks.
"If a condom is used as a contraceptive, certainly it will be condemned by the church," the Rev. Deogracias Yniguez of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines told The Associated Press. "But to use it to avoid a disease in specific circumstances, the church can take another mindset."
The Catholic Church's policy on condom use came under fire in 2009 when the Pope said that the use of condoms would accelerate the spread of HIV/AIDS.
The question of whether his most recent statements will be policy-changing or were just taken out of context has left activists on both sides up in arms.
"The pope has a lot of followers," Caroline Nengunke, a South Africa-based AIDS activist told the AP. "He's an opinion leader and a world leader — and if he's going to take on a message, especially a message of life and death, it has to be very clear."
The book will hit shelves on Tuesday.