Some of the most prominent purveyors of porn say they'll start packing up their sex toys and abandoning the nation's Porn Capital if authorities really do carry through with a nascent effort to police their movie sets and order that every actor be outfitted with a condom.
Organizers insist the meeting Friday and Saturday won't call into question traditional church teaching opposing artificial contraception. Yet Pope Benedict XVI's comments last year about condom use with prostitutes with HIV seem to have removed a certain Vatican taboo that had all but ruled out public discussion of whether condoms were even effective in reducing HIV transmission.
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.
Using a condom is a lesser evil than transmitting HIV to a sexual partner — even if that means a woman averts a possible pregnancy, the Vatican said today, signaling a seismic shift in papal teaching as it explained Pope Benedict XVI's comments.
Fargo Catholic Diocese Bishop Samuel Aquila says the pope’s recent comments related to condom use do not indicate a shift away from the church’s general teaching against the use of condoms or contraceptives.
Some Catholic believers in the Americas greeted Pope Benedict XVI's comments on condoms as a sign that the church was stepping into the modern debate in the fight against AIDS, though the church was adamant Sunday that nothing has changed in its views banning contraception.
President Barack Obama today appointed Dr. Thomas Frieden as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, turning to a health commissioner who led the campaign to ban smoking and trans-fats from New York City restaurants.
From the Gospel to Google, the church has been seeking ways to announce the word of Christ for 2,000 years. Pope Benedict XVI has gone on YouTube and his speeches appear in Chinese on the Vatican Web site, but judging from the uproar over a Holocaust-denying bishop and his pronouncement that condoms deepen the AIDS crisis, he's clearly struggling with his message.
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