If you need proof that the Pope is fallible, look no further than his recent ruling on the use of condoms. What I am sure will seem like insightful logic to some is little more than failure to live up to Christian values.
There is an article posted on Newsmax titled “Pope Says Condoms OK in Some Cases.” A further reference about the issue comes in an article titled “Vatican plays down Pope’s remarks on condoms” that is posted at the BBC News Europe site.
The Pope’s position is that there is a time when the use of condoms is warranted, specifically for the use of a homosexual prostitute to prevent HIV-AIDS. When I read it, I honestly didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
The Bible condemns prostitution of all types and it is just as easy to pick up HIV-AIDS from a female prostitute. However, let’s take it a step further. What if your husband had sex with a prostitute years ago and didn’t tell you? Shouldn’t he be allowed to use a condom to protect you? What if you have HIV-AIDS and don’t want to risk passing on the dreaded disease to a baby; shouldn’t you be able to employ the use of a condom?
Either the use of a condom passes muster across the board, or it does not.
Here’s the real problem. The Pope says the use of a condom is wrong with respect to birth control. Now we have a problem with HIV-AIDS. Prostitution isn’t right. Forget the Bible. There is nothing valuable about prostitution “straight or otherwise.”
The solution is: “Don’t do it. If you do it you may pay a terrible price.” The church should not change its rules in order to attempt to change the penalties of the sins of society.
You can see a parallel in our society where we try to make “everything alright,” no matter how terrible a person’s behavior becomes. We don’t want to punish criminals.
What makes the Pope think that prostitutes care enough to employ condoms?
I’ve decided whether I feel like laughing or crying. I feel like weeping.
BBC News Europe Website, “Vatican plays down Pope’s remarks on condoms”
Newsmax.com Website, “Pope Says Condoms OK in Some Cases”
BibleGateway.com, New International Version, “Leviticus 19:29”