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pope benedict on condom use – read articles here

November 24, 2010 Leave a comment

we are publishing here relevant articles and comments on the recent declaration of pope benedict on the use of condoms and other articles and comments as it relates to RH Bill 5043.

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pope benedict gives the RH Bill the momentum to pass congress

November 21, 2010 4 comments

pope benedict’s views saying condoms can be used on certain cases, like male prostitutes to prevent the spread of diseases has given the pending RH Bill in congress some good traction to pass in congress. it effectively weakens the church opposition against the RH Bill.

the RH Bill is due for debate next week, after many years of being mothballed in congress.

House to start RH debate
By Michael Lim Ubac
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:39:00 11/21/2010

MANILA, Philippines—The House of Representatives will start the much anticipated debate over the proposed Reproductive Health (RH) measure next week.

All of the six related bills on reproductive health

and family planning have been scheduled for public hearings by the House Committee on Population and Family Relations Nov. 24 and Dec. 1.

pope benedict effectively gave the supporters of the RH Bill a loophole for their cause – condoms may be used after all. while the pope was just referring to male prostitutes, we do not see what can prevent straight male and female couples from using condoms to also prevent the spread of disease. the catholic church’s previous position was zero use of any form of modern method of contraception.

it does not make sense to us that straight heterosexual couples should be prevented from using condoms to save themselves from disease. sexual diseases after all does not discriminate – it can affect male prostitutes and their partners as well as straight heterosexual partners.

we think the proponents of the RH Bill should send pope benedict some kind of temporary ID as an honorary member of the philippine congress.

Pope Benedict – use of condoms acceptable in some instances; CBCP’s anti-RH Bill position in jeopardy?

November 21, 2010 29 comments

something as controversial as this is something that is very unexpected to come from pope as Benedict. but said it he did –  condoms can be used in certain cases to prevent the spread of disease.

we think this statement of benedict will not only definitely get the catholic church talking as a whole , but the CBCP (Catholic Bishop;s Conference of the Philippines) on their toes in their fight against the RH Bill which is due for debate in congress within next month.

benedict’s statement considerably weakens the CBCP’s stand of non use of condoms for any reason. the use of condoms and modern methods of contraception together with traditional methods of contraception is allowed and will be promoted based on the rh bill. how can the CBCP convince catholics not to support the bill when the pope himself says a portion of society can use condoms?

the CBCP loses its moral high ground in the position that they are taking against the RH Bill.

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

Pope Benedict XVI during his four-day visit to Britain in September. His comments on condoms and HIV signal a break with the Vatican’s blanket ban on contraceptives.

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”.

Contraception can be “a first step in a movement toward a different way, a more human way, of living sexuality,” the pope says.

Excerpts from the book, Light of the World: The Pope, the Church, and the Signs of the Times, were published yesterday by L’Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper. The pope’s comments follow his controversial assertion in 2009 that the rising tide of HIV in Africa could be made worse, not better, by the distribution of condoms. He was speaking to journalists as he visited Africa, where the majority of HIV fatalities occur.

At the time, Aids campaigners and European governments expressed outrage. Belgium’s health minister said the pope’s comments “could demolish years of prevention and education and endanger many human lives”.

Francis X Rocca, a Vatican expert and correspondent for Religion News Service, said: “This new statement by the pope is very significant, it is going to shake things up. Even if high-ranking church figures and theologians have come out and said this, it remains a controversial subject and no pope has ever said something like this.”

Christina Odone, another leading Catholic journalist and commentator in the UK, described the Pope’s comments as a “hugely important moment” which Catholics had spent decades waiting for. “It allows Catholics, when we defend our church, to be able to say that this is a not a church that condemns people to Aids and that this is not a church that wilfully ignores the consequences of having unprotected sex,” she said.

Peter Stanford, former editor of the Catholic Herald, described the pope’s comments as “very significant. It’s a very welcome step if they are facing up to the real issues faced by real people.”

Insiders said that word of Benedict’s comment spread like “wildfire” at the Vatican yesterday, where he was appointing new cardinals. One said: “People were confused but also excited.”

In 2006, the Pontifical Council for the Health Care Pastoral, led by Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán, was asked by Benedict to report on the use of condoms as a way of combating HIV.

“The pope is saying that if you can prevent disease, the use of condoms could be permissible,” said John Allen, senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter. “But this has been in the mix for a while,” he argued. “I think Benedict has been thinking this way since 2006, which is why he asked for the commission to look into it.

“The problem was not Benedict, it was others in the Vatican who argued that if you said using condoms was OK in certain situations, it would send out the message that they were approved. This was a PR problem.”

pope benedict: elect those with “honesty, integrity and an unwavering fidelity to the principles of justice”

October 9, 2009 1 comment

 Pope says Filipino people need upright leaders
By Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) Updated October 08, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Believing that poverty continues to be a major concern in the Philippines, Pope Benedict XVI yesterday advised Filipinos to choose upright political leaders.

The Pope gave the message to Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican Mercedes Arrasitia Tuason during a meeting last Oct. 2.

In CBCPNews, the official news service provider of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the meeting between the Pope and Tuason revealed the concern of the Holy See of the continuing struggle of Filipinos in the face of the two powerful storms that devastated the country in a week.

Tuason said the Pope suggested that Filipinos should choose leaders who would lead them out of the struggle.

“The struggle against poverty in the Philippines calls for honesty, integrity and an unwavering fidelity to the principles of justice, especially on the part of those entrusted with positions of governance and public administration,” the Pope said.

The Pope also said that Filipino public officials should rediscover the real ethical foundation of their political authority.

The Pontiff called on officials to work for peace, particularly in Mindanao, described as a region “scarred by conflicts.”

pope benedict – out of touch, out of science

March 28, 2009 Leave a comment

it’s hard to tell which is the bigger problem for pope benedict – is he so out of touch from the reality of the spread of AIDS/HIV in the world or is he so out of touch of science and medicine where studies have shown condoms do prevent the spread of AIDS/HIV.

i won’t dwell on the science of it, but to me it’s very simple logic – the condom is barrier. it prevents something outside from going inside and that includes the AIDS/HIV virus. it should work.

many of the criticism and in fact the reason why many catholics have stopped going to church and moved out of catholic church is the lack of relevance. the church has been complaining for years that church attendance is steadily going down and fewer and fewer males go into priesthood. most of the reason why that has happened is they feel the church is way out of touch from real life, so much so that it no longer provides anything relevant in their lives.

this is one good example of that.


Facebook users wage condom campaign against Pope

By Faith Karimi
 (CNN)— Critics took to the social networking site Facebook to voice their fury over Pope Benedict’s remark that condoms do not prevent HIV.

Thousands have pledged to send the pontiff millions of condoms to protest the controversial comment he made to journalists as he flew to Cameroon last week.

“You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms,” the pope told reporters. “On the contrary, it increases the problem.”

Pope Benedict XVI has made it clear he intends to uphold the traditional Catholic teaching on artificial contraception. The Vatican has long opposed the use of condoms and other forms of birth control and encourages sexual abstinence to fight the spread of the disease.

About a dozen Facebook groups have sprang up, mostly from European countries, criticizing the pontiff.

“The clergy aren’t supposed to have sex at all, but they are free to tell people how to conduct themselves? That’s like a girl who wears no make-up as the CEO of CoverGirl,” one member posted on the page, “Condoms for Pope Benedict XVI.”

“It frightens me that a man who has devoted his life to moral guidance … and is undeniably a learned, intelligent man can be at the same time so narrow-minded, bigoted and irresponsible,” posted another person on a different page.

The online campaign added another voice to a deluge of criticism, which includes the governments of France, Germany and Belgium. Aid agencies and other health organizations have also chimed in.

The Lancet, a British medical journal, urged the pope Saturday to issue a retraction for the “outrageous and wildly inaccurate” statement to journalists aboard his plane.

“When any influential person, be it a religious or political leader, makes a false scientific statement that could be devastating to the health of millions of people, they should retract or correct the public record,” The Lancet said in an editorial.

“Anything less from Pope Benedict would be an immense disservice to the public and health advocates, including many thousands of Catholics, who work tirelessly to try and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide.”

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