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Cardinal Burke emphasizes: Catholic teaching on condoms has not changed

November 24, 2010

Catholic teaching on the immorality of the use of condoms has not changed, Cardinal Raymond Burke said in an interview with the National Catholic Register. The prefect of the Apostolic Signatura stated:

I don’t see any change in the Church’s teaching. What [Pope Benedict] is commenting on — in fact, he makes the statement very clearly that the Church does not regard the use of condoms as a real or a moral solution — but what he’s talking about in the point he makes about the male prostitute is about a certain conversion process taking place in an individual’s life. He’s simply making the comment that if a person who is given to prostitution at least considers using a condom to prevent giving the disease to another person — even though the effectiveness of this is very questionable — this could be a sign of someone who is having a certain moral awakening. But in no way does it mean that prostitution is morally acceptable, nor does it mean that the use of condoms is morally acceptable. The point the Pope is making is about a certain growth in freedom, an overcoming of an enslavement to a sexual activity that is morally repugnant [unacceptable] so that this concern to use a condom in order not to infect a sexual partner could at least be a sign of some moral awakening in the individual, which one hopes would lead the individual to understand that his activity is a trivialization of human sexuality and needs to be changed … The text itself makes it very clear that he says the Church does not regard it as a real or moral solution. And when he says that it could be a first step in a movement toward a different, more human way of living sexuality, that doesn’t mean in any sense that he’s saying the use of condoms is a good thing.

Commenting on Light of the World-- the newly-published book-length interview with Peter Seewald in which the Pope’s comments on condoms appeared-- Cardinal Burke said, “I think that what is remarkable about it, in general, is that the Holy Father granted the interview and speaks really very directly about a whole wide range of very complex questions, and there’s a great deal of his usual erudition and knowledge of Catholic teaching. And he’s very straightforward too.”


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  • Posted by: impossible - Nov. 26, 2010 11:21 AM ET USA

    As always, Cardinal Burke, in plain understandable English, tells it like it is. Like Cardinal Burke, Pope Benedict, in sometimes less understandable English, also tells it like it is/should be, including his clear statements that those in public, manifest grave sin must be denied Holy Communion. When will Archbishops Dolan, Wuerl and other Bishops enforce Canon 915? They must finally treasure Truth(Reality) above Party loyalty, human respect & rubbing elbows with the rich and famous.