Pope Benedict says condom use is OK for male prostitutes

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Here's one I never saw coming: Pope Benedict, who wants to roll civilization back to the Dark Ages (and possibly beyond), has just given condom use among gay men the thumbs up.

Well, perhaps I should clarify that a bit: the Pope says in a new book that he's still against condoms… unless they're used to prevent infectious diseases. Huh?

NPR has the full explanation:

Pope Benedict XVI says in a new book that the use of condoms can be justified in some cases, such as for male prostitutes seeking to prevent the spread of HIV.

The pontiff made the comments in a book-length interview with a German journalist, Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times.

Benedict said that for male prostitutes — for whom contraception isn't a central issue — condoms are not a moral solution. But he said they could be justified "in the intention of reducing the risk of infection.'' [NPR]

Just come out and say it, Benedict: condoms are necessary in this day and age.