Well, that was awfully generous of him, wasn't it? Pope Benedict XVI surprised people when he said in his new book that condoms are okay for male prostitutes because contraceptives are a lesser evil than giving someone HIV. (He is not exactly wrong there, but still somehow so wrong!) This led some people to wonder if it was only male prostitutes who could take advantage of this little loophole, and not ladies of the night. Turns out, everyone can do it. Well, everyone who's in the world's oldest profession, at least. Said Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi:
I personally asked the pope if there was a serious, important problem in the choice of the masculine over the feminine. He told me no. The problem is this … It's the first step of taking responsibility, of taking into consideration the risk of the life of another with whom you have a relationship … This is if you're a woman, a man, or a transsexual. We're at the same point.
Of course, the Pope also took this moment to reaffirm that the Catholic Church does not approve of gay sex or any sexual activity outside of marriage. So remember all you gays, hookers, cheating spouses, and teenage sex fiends: Benedict XVI still has his eyes on you.