See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Jackpot! So who can use a condom?



Degrees of evil...  blow'd up real good!
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"This is a game-changer," said the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit editor and writer. "By acknowledging that condoms help prevent spread of HIV between people in sexual relationships, the pope has completely changed the Catholic discussion on condoms."

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In the book, the pope was not justifying or condoning gay sex, condoms as a means of artificial contraception or heterosexual sex outside of a marriage. He reaffirms the Vatican opposition to homosexual acts and artificial contraception and reaffirms the inviolability of marriage between man and woman.
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But by broadening the condom comments to also apply to women, the pope is saying that condom use is a lesser evil than passing HIV onto a partner even when pregnancy is possible.

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"We're not just talking about an encounter between two men, which has little to do with procreation. We're now introducing relationships that could lead to childbirth," Martin said.
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While the lesser evil concept has long been a tenet of moral theology, the pope's comments mark the first time a pope had ever publicly applied the theory to condom use as a way to fight HIV transmission.

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Individual bishops and theologians have applied that theory, but it had previously been rejected at the highest levels of the Vatican and theologians have been disciplined for voicing it, Martin said.
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Monsignor Jacques Suaudeau, an expert at the Vatican's bioethics advisory board, said the pope was articulating the theological idea that there are degrees of evil.

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"Contraception is not the worst evil. The church does not see it as good, but the church does not see it as the worst," he told The Associated Press. "Abortion is far worse. Passing on HIV is criminal. That is absolute irresponsibility." - Source
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Jackpot!  This is getting really interesting now!  Just when I'm thinking I should stop blogging, the --it hits the fan big time - "this is a game-changer".
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Looks like North Korea's blowing up good too!

7 comments:

  1. As I read it, the Pope was saying that if a male prostitute used a condom to avoid infecting a 'customer', this good intention (to reduce the risk) was a start on the road to being a better person, but only as an intention.

    As sexual acts between members of the same sex have no reproductive potential, there is no perversion of an otherwise natural act. The act is already unnatural, and the condom-wearer is trying to reduce potential harm, in itself a good intention.

    Pace Rev. James Martin, I don't think the Pope has acknowledged that condoms prevent the spreading of AIDS.

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  2. Pope Benedict may instead of leading the Church to a more conservative idology, become more progressive than Pope Paul II.

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  4. OT big time--

    but please pray for us in Utah...

    we are being pounded by a MAJOR blizzard....I could hardly see the front end of my car driving home from work...

    The storm is supposed to last all night..probably MAJOR power outages...and low the next couple of nights in the single digits...

    I told my boss today that I'll be at work tomorrow when I arrive.. :) Who knows what the roads and damage will be like...

    thanks and God Bless...

    Sara

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  5. Sara, I will pray for you through the intercession of St. Joseph.

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  6. Sorry Tristan - you are nuts.

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  7. Prayers for you Sara.

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