Pope: ’Condoms for all’

Pope Benedict XVI got further behind condom usage yesterday by clarifying remarks he made that using a condom was a ’lesser evil’ than transmitting HIV.

There was some confusion that he was referring only to condom use by HIV-positive male prostitutes.

In an interview for a book, entitled Light of the World, the Pope told a German journalist, Peter Seewald, that: ‘There may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralisation ... on the way toward recovering an awareness that not everything is allowed and that one cannot do whatever one wants.’

But Vatican spokesperson Reverend Federico Lombardi told the assembled press yesterday that he asked the Pope whether his comments to apply only to male prostitutes.

He said: ‘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.’

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