Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Catholic Church and Condoms

I want to make sure I am very clear - DO NOT LISTEN TO THE MEDIA WHEN THEY TELL YOU THE CHURCH IS CHANGING A DOCTRINE!!!

They don't have any clue about what the Church teaches in the fist place, nor do they have any care for telling us the full truth. They want to make money and create sensational headlines.

If you want to know what the Catholic Church really teaches, it is going to take a bit more work than reading one bad article.

So, here is the deal - the Pope is NOT saying that condoms are a moral choice.
Jimmy Akin has the best summation of the nuances that the Pope is talking about, so I highly recommend you read his post here.

As for other stories:
**Vatican clarifies statements on condoms
**Some call for Vatican newspaper editor to be fired for gaffe on condoms.
**Ed Peters argues that the problem is in the communication of the message, not the message itself.
**Amy Welborn has read the book and has a bunch of comments.
**Thomas Peters explains it all in this video:

3 comments:

shalomfelipe said...

If you allow me I'm posting this on my blog.
very clarifing.
thanks!

Marcel said...

Sure.

John said...

It's getting even more diluted in the press than the first day...

"The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, told reporters Tuesday that he asked the pope whether he intended his comments to apply only to men. Benedict replied that it really didn't matter, the important thing was that the person took into consideration the life of another.

'I personally asked the pope if there was a serious, important problem in the choice of the masculine over the feminine,' Lombardi 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 man, a woman, or a transsexual. ... The point is it's a first step of taking responsibility, of avoiding passing a grave risk onto another,' Lombardi said."


The worst is the tag-line because it fails to capture what is actually being said... as there is no "seismic shift" in the first place and this is a moot point because the Holy Father was speaking of extra-martial, not martial acts:

"In a seismic shift on one of the most profound — and profoundly contentious — Roman Catholic teachings, the Vatican said Tuesday that condoms are the lesser of two evils when used to curb the spread of AIDS, even if their use prevents a pregnancy."

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eu_pope_condoms


The "journalists" still don't understand what they write about. This isn't objectively factual!