Pope seeks debate on condoms and AIDS

A Vatican insider says Pope Benedict XVI is seeking to "kick-start a debate" with his suggestion that using condoms could be acceptable in some cases as a means of fighting AIDS.

Updated: Nov 23, 2010, 00:44 AM IST

Vatican City: A Vatican insider says Pope
Benedict XVI is seeking to "kick-start a debate" with his
suggestion that using condoms could be acceptable in some
cases as a means of fighting AIDS.

Benedict said in an interview that for some people,
such as male prostitutes, using condoms could show moral
responsibility because the intent is to reduce infection.

Theologians have long been studying the possibility of
condoning such limited condom use as a lesser evil.

One Vatican official said he believes the pope
just "decided to do it" and get a debate going.

The pope did not suggest using condoms as birth
control, which is banned by the Roman Catholic church.

PTI