Using a condom is a lesser evil than transmitting HIV to a sexual partner—even if that means a woman will avert a possible pregnancy, the Vatican said Tuesday.Some Catholics are beginning to backpedal, while others are upset over the declaration.
In a book released Tuesday, Benedict said condom use by prostitutes is a lesser evil because the prostitute would be aiming to protect a partner from a deadly infection. Benedict received a copy of the book Light of the World during an audience Tuesday with its author, Peter Seewald.
I do find it funny that there are Catholics who feel the need to clarify the Pope, and also Catholics who feel the need to question the Pope. There is no one more powerful in the Church on Earth for Catholics than The Pope. To be Catholic is to believe in the power of the Pope. Otherwise, you could be, I dunno, Methodist. It's not like one is Catholic for the exorcisms and literal blood drinking.
So, if Catholics believe the Pope is the final authority on all things religious, why are they either questioning or interpreting him? That's muddying the message. Leave it be, and let the Holy Spirit reveal the truth of his words to you.
I'm just kidding, of course. The Pope is merely a shield for people to hide behind, a constitution to justify their already cemented beliefs, and a canvas to spray with grape juice.