Just goes to show that Satan is rampant in our society and can even infiltrate a nation all to itself, The Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI speaks a little truth and Conservatives within the church acts like he just burned the Bible in the town square. Their respect and admiration for him knows no bounds until they find themselves in disagreement.
“Faced with a changing outlook from Pope Benedict XVI on condoms and their role in preventing the spread of HIV, many prominent conservative Roman Catholics in the U.S. are rejecting the Vatican’s own explanation of what the pope said.” “Several orthodox Catholics said they would only accept a more formal papal pronouncement.” “Others insisted that journalists were purposely misrepresenting Benedict’s comments .” “Some questioned whether the papal spokesman, the Rev. Frederico Lombardi, accurately quoted the pope.” “It’s a mess,” said John Haas , president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, which advises church leaders, hospitals and Vatican offices. “I’m not ready to say that the pope said what Lombardi said.” “The uproar is over comments Benedict made in the new book, “Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times.” In an exchange with the author about AIDS in Africa, Benedict said that for some people, such as male prostitutes, using condoms could be a step in assuming moral responsibility because the intent is to “reduce the risk of infection.” “At a news conference Tuesday in Rome , Lombardi said Benedict knew his comments would provoke intense debate, and that the pope meant for his remarks to apply not just to male prostitutes, but also “if you’re a man, a woman, or a transsexual.” “Still, his remarks were a watershed in the long debate among theologians and church officials over the morality of using condoms for disease prevention.” (Zoll, Rachel, 11/24/2010, Associated Press, Conservatives at odds with Vatican over condoms, Retrieved from www.news.yahoo.com ).
Its has been a long time coming for a discussion such as this to finally be introduced into this venue and for those who have held down the stigma of “all-knowing” to finally be faced with taking a clear position. Of course there will be those who would rather stay hidden behind the allure of the Catholic religion and not have to step out and step up but even they will not be able to hide any longer. Least we forget, this is the religion that has its own nation, its own laws and its own kingdom. The religion that compares the teaching of the Catholic religion as the pure word of God and the lessons of Jesus yet was the same religion who crucified him.