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November 20, 2010

Pope Benedict says that condoms can be used to stop the spread of HIV

The Observer: "In a break with his traditional teaching, Pope Benedict XVI has said the use of condoms is acceptable 'in certain cases', in an extended interview to be published this week.

"After holding firm during his papacy to the Vatican's blanket ban on the use of contraceptives, Benedict's surprise comments will shock conservatives in the Catholic church while finding favour with senior Vatican figures who are pushing for a new line on the issue as HIV ravages Africa.

"The comments were made in a book-length interview with a German journalist, Peter Seewald. In the case of a male prostitute, says Benedict, using a condom to reduce the risk of HIV infection 'can be a first step in the direction of moralisation, a first assumption of responsibility, on the way toward recovering an awareness that not everything is allowed and that one cannot do whatever one wants'."

Note: Also see UNAIDS welcomes Pope Benedict’s support to HIV prevention.