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mystery solved

By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 23, 2005

And could you tell us please how the inadvertence occurred?

The problem came about because America's editors only saw the ad in black and white before it was published, and the condom was not as evident, according to the magazine's associate editor, Rev. James Martin. ...

Another issue may be Catholic priests' unfamiliarity with what condoms look like. "We're Jesuits," Martin said. "I don't think you could have found anyone in the editors' room who has seen a condom."

Thank you. That explains it.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Dec. 27, 2005 8:58 PM ET USA

    As a former journalist, working as an editor & writer for newspapers/magazines, I can objectively state that "Father" James Martin has lied. Just reading the copy from the ad itself would tell any editor that there was a serious problem. The photo, in black & white or color, clearly shows the condom covering. At least five individuals would have opportunities to question the ad: the ad person; copy editor; layout editor; associate editor; & managing editor. May the magazine be shut down.

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Dec. 27, 2005 8:44 PM ET USA

    This is a little frightening. With all the gays that apparently infest the Jesuits one would hope they would make a point of knowing what a condom looks like. If they are condom ignorant, they may well be HIV positive.

  • Posted by: parochus - Dec. 24, 2005 12:40 AM ET USA

    Not even on a banana during sex-ed?

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Dec. 23, 2005 10:13 PM ET USA

    ALSO, as reported in the NCR regarding Fr. Reese's resignation (America's former EDITOR) : "Over the course of a five-year exchange between the doctrinal congregation and the Jesuits, the Vatican congregation had raised objections to various editorial choices at America under Reese’s leadership, including...An essay exploring moral arguments for the approval of CONDOMS in the context of HIV/AIDS." Hey, they're Jesuits! AND now they know what a condom looks like...in B&W and full color.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Dec. 23, 2005 10:09 PM ET USA

    it's as plain as "black & white:" the "Extra Virgin" wasn't a tip off? anyway, this excuse ranks right up there with "the dog ate my homework." NB- From the pages of "America" magazine: "Roman Theologians Say Condom Use O.K. in Certain Cases" AND "Tolerant Signals: The Vatican's New Insights on Condoms for HIV Prevention." I guess one can know what a condom is (and support there use) without knowing what one looks like????

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Dec. 23, 2005 9:01 PM ET USA

    Did you catch that "no one in the editor's room" Who is speaking? The assistant editor. ROFL.

  • Posted by: Granny - Dec. 23, 2005 4:59 PM ET USA

    Funny! In the 50's my 90+ Jesuit Medical Ethics Prof at a big city Jesuit Univ brought in jellies, creams, diaphragms, and, condoms to show 50women how they were thought to work and why they did not work and why the church said it was wrong to use them. He pulled them from the deep pockets of his cassock,put them on the desk one by one.Dead silence for 50 min: rapt attention. Afterwards we said we were grateful he did not have to cross the busy street outside to get home.Fr.M missed this class?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 23, 2005 2:31 PM ET USA

    I'm tempted to a cynical response - very, very tempted. But no, it's Christmas. Must...Resist...Temptation...

  • Posted by: - Dec. 23, 2005 2:03 PM ET USA

    Fr. Martin has told a lie.

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