The Roman Catholic Church might ease its longstanding opposition to the use of condoms to prevent AIDS, a senior church official says
In comments published Sunday by la Repubblica, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan said Pope Benedict had asked him to study the issue. Barragan heads up the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care.
"This is a very difficult and delicate subject that requires prudence," said Barragan, according to a Reuters report.
Good news, indeed. When church dogma clashes with human pain, people suffer. Yes, abstinence is the surest way of protecting one’s self from HIV/AIDS, but we live in a fallen world where people behave in fallen ways. That’s why the commitment to life must include contraception.