Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pope Ratzinger in His Own Words

"The most piquant passages of the latest book-interview of Benedict XVI," posted by Sandro Magister, in which "condoms, sexual abuse, female priesthood, Jews, the burqa" and other topics are discussed — The Pope on the Pope. A Preview.

Included, of course, is "the one in which Benedict XVI justifies the use of a condom by a prostitute (in the masculine form in the original German of the book: 'ein Prostituierter'), which Mr. Magister suggests is "[a] use that Catholic moral doctrine already acknowledges – on a par with recourse to condoms by spouses when one of them is infected with HIV – but is publicly approved of by a pope for the first time here." Here is the pontiff's full statement:
    Concentrating only on the condom means trivializing sexuality, and this trivialization represents precisely the dangerous reason why so many people no longer see sexuality as an expression of their love, but only as a sort of drug, which one administers on one's own. This is why the struggle against the trivialization of sexuality is also part of the great effort so that sexuality may be valued positively, and may exercise its positive effect on the human being in his totality. There can be individual cases that are justified, for example when a [male] prostitute [ein Prostituierter] uses a condom, and this can be the first step toward a moral sensitization, a first act of responsibility to develop once again the understanding of the fact that not everything is permitted, and that one cannot do whatever one wishes. Nonetheless, this is not the real and proper way to overcome HIV infection. What is truly needed is a humanization of sexuality.

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Blogger love the girls said...

"recourse to condoms by spouses when one of them is infected with HIV – but is publicly approved of by a pope for the first time here"

Once the act of marriage is separated from procreation, there isn't a principle upon which to stand, is the prior good, procreation?, or companionship? Once it becomes companionship as implied by a spouse using a condom, then there is finally nothing but sand to stand on when arguing against homosexual sex.

If you want to see what's going on it's often useful to look to where an argument finally leads.

2:47 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I agree. I was a bit taken aback by Mr. Magister's statements, as I had never seen them expressed that way before. Still, he's the "Vatican insider" and I'm some guy in Pohang.

11:39 PM  

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