The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has issued a statement to deal with misunderstandings and outright misinformation resulting from Pope Benedict’s statements regarding the use of condoms in the recent book Light of the World. You can read the brief statement from the CDF here.
Although the statement is short, direct and clear, here’s my abbreviated version: NOTHING HAS CHANGED WITH REGARD TO CHURCH TEACHING. Specifically:
- Prostitution is still wrong.
- Using contraception is still wrong.
- Prostitutes who are HIV positive and who use condoms to prevent infection of their clients are still wrong.
- Anybody claiming otherwise or trying to rationalize the use of contraception is deceiving himself and others.
By the way, the CDF points out that an HIV positive prostitute that knowingly has sex with someone else is guilty of a sin against the Fifth Commandment, i.e. “You shall not kill”, because they’re consciously putting someone else’s life in danger. That may sound like a no-brainer to most people but sadly our legal system hasn’t caught up to reality in the 21st century.