Well, the Pope must have read my post on Tuesday 23 November 2010………..I pondered why (actually I knew) he only mentioned male prostitutes when he wrote in his book that they could wear condoms (see ...Catholic Dichotomy of Females
By Michael Day in Milan:
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
The Vatican has appeared to expand the Catholic Church’s tolerance of condoms as a means of fighting HIV, backing their use by female prostitutes, days after the Pope said their use by male sex workers was better than spreading the virus.
Pope Benedict XVI was quoted at the weekend saying condom use by male prostitutes could be a good thing, indicating the user’s intention to protect others from a deadly infection, apparently condoning the use of contraceptives for the first time. The Vatican yesterday confirmed that the same message applied to women sex workers.
Previous statements about condoms issued by The Vatican:
Thousands of Facebook supporters plan to send condoms to the Vatican.
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.