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A recent news story that just won’t go away (and frankly has given the Media a reason to take more shots at the Pope) is that regarding the Pope’s comments on condoms in connection with his visit to Africa.

Apparantly, people have been bent out of shape that he reaffirmed the perennial teaching of the Catholic Church regarding artificial contraception – specifcally, in this case, condoms. Pope Benedict went so far as to say that condoms can worsen the problem of AIDS. The true sense of his comment has been misunderstood not only by the media, but by many Catholics as well. So, how can throwing condoms at the AIDS problem worsen the situation?

First, we have a problem with human sexuality in this day and age – it is completely divorced (and not to mention, the increase in divorce corresponding with the availability of the “pill”) from its true purpose — that of having children. I mean even in ancient times, folks didn’t necessarily understand how one caught a cold, but they understood the connection between sex and children. What has happened in our day, due to this effective “separation” of children from sex, sex has turned people into mere objects for one another. This is highlighted through the use of birth control — including condoms – as when one would use a condom in a sexual act, one essentially is to USE that other person for thier own pleasure (sure maybe that person too might think, in an egotistic way – yes, well I’m also giving that other person pleasure, but please – get real). In Africa, where there is an existing problem with the way women are treated there (essentially they are already victimized as objects to a great extent), throwing condoms at Africans to solve the spread of AIDS can worsen the problem as it just can lead to more USE and makes that ability to USE women as an end more engrained. ITs like saying, by ALL MEANS, USE WOMEN, as long as you use a condom.

Further, condoms to a great extent, can enable promiscuity, and lets face it, AIDS doesn’t arise in a culture where people have values of respecting sex for what it is — a gift of tapping into the creative power of God to transmit new human life. The Pope highlighted this very fact by explaining the view a responsible approach to sexuality – in particular, that taught by the Catholic Church can solve these problems AT THEIR VERY CORE — The problem is USE… and it is USE that is the opposive of LOVE.


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