What appears to have happened in the controversy spawned by media manipulation of material from the Holy Father's new book, before many people have had a chance to read for themselves exactly what he said, is confusion between the law of gradualness in human nature with a supposed "gradualness of the law itself" which, based faith and morals as revealed by God, cannot change.
What does the Holy Father really say about condoms in the new book?
By Dr. Janet E. Smith
This week, Light of the World, a book-length interview given by Pope Benedict XVI to journalist Peter Seewald, will be released worldwide. Several of the Holy Father's statements have already started making news, particularly his comments regarding condom usage in the prevention of the spread of HIV.
To the charge that “It is madness to forbid a high-risk population to use condoms,” in the context of an extended answer on the help the Church is giving AIDs victims and the need to fight the banalization of sexuality, Pope Benedict replied:
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