Highly recommended reading!!
[B]Why the pope said yes on condoms[/B]
By Dan Madigan
(Jesuit Priest teaching Theology)
[quote]However, he surprised many people by acknowledging that were a prostitute to use a condom to prevent infection, that should be seen as a step toward greater moral responsibility.
But this different answer is not a sudden change of mind on the part of the Catholic hierarchy. It is the answer to a different question.
The pope was not asking himself whether it's OK to use condoms.
He was addressing the following question: "If someone has already decided to have sex outside a married relationship (perhaps even outside a heterosexual relationship), is it better to do it with or without a condom?"
It's obviously better to do it with a condom because, as the pope pointed out, the person is obliged in that situation not to risk infecting a partner or being infected.
If the intercourse is heterosexual, the person is further obliged not to risk conceiving a child that will not be brought up in a stable family and might not see the light of day at all.
Though the Roman Catholic Church has always been clear in its position on the immorality of intercourse outside of marriage, Pope Benedict has done us all a favor by observing publicly that the use of a condom in such circumstances can be understood as a sign of a burgeoning moral awareness.[/quote]
[quote]Its teaching about artificial contraception has only ever been about marriage; it has never had anything to do with any other kind of sexual activity.
Intercourse between husband and wife should always be open to conceiving new life; therefore, contraception was considered wrong because it was seriously unnatural. The problem is that all condom use came to be thought of as absolutely wrong, not just wrong in marriage.
[B]If using condoms were absolutely wrong, then it must be wrong for gay men to use them, too. If it were absolutely wrong, then it must be wrong for fornicating teens to use condoms, too. [U]A disastrous misunderstanding[/U]![/B]
However, church authorities have usually avoided the more complex explanations -- no "maybe," no "in certain conditions." That's because they believe that the public just wants a simple "yes" or "no" -- and preferably a "yes." They fear that anything other than an absolute "no" will be interpreted as an absolute "yes." And, it should be added, they have unjustly censured highly qualified moral theologians who have dared to say "maybe."
That a pope has now introduced a "maybe" has evoked a flustered reaction. Official clarifications are given that then need further explanation. Churchmen argue over whether what he said is anything new, whether it represents a major policy change or whether it is just really the same old line.[/quote]
read the full article: [url]http://edition.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/11/30/madigan.pope.condom/index.html?hpt=C2[/url]
Ang linaw naman. Bakit ba pilit pa rin iniiba ng iba? Denial pa rin ba?
A case of "holier than thou syndrome"? Case of ignorance and perpetuating ignorance? A case of people just wanting an absolute "Yes" or "No" answer like what Father Dan Mandigan said?
BTW, Bro. Mike Velarde of El Shaddai was interviewed 1-2 days ago about the issue. He said he disagrees with the Pope. Good for him!! And because of what he said I have gained new found respect for him. Why? It is not because I agree with him on this issue because I agree with the Pope. It is because it was clear to him that the Pope and the Vatican made a shift and loosen up [I]slightly[/I]. It was so clear to him what the Pope has said that he blatantly said that he disagrees with it. You can only disagree if the message he heard was clear to him.
Why can't others follow on Bro. Mike footsteps? I won't include the foreign Priests and Theologians anymore since it seems it was clear to them as well. It's either you accept it or not such as in the case of Bro Mike Velarde. Wag yung ginagawa ng ibang local priests at mga "holier than though" people na pilit i-spin yung sinasabi ng Pope at nagbibigay ng ibang interpretation kaya nagmumukhang naiiba yung message ng Pope. Pilit i-dilute.