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Rhode Island bishop explains Pope's remarks

December 10, 2010

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, told a television interviewer that the much-discussed statement on condom use by Pope Benedict XVI does not represent any change in Church teaching.

Bishop Tobin pointed out that the Pope used an extreme example, involving a homosexual prostitute. He was not indicating that condom use is desirable or even justifiable, the bishop said:

It's still wrong. It's still evil. But if a person uses condoms to prevent the spread of disease, at least there is some kind of humanity there, some kind of decency, that the pope referred to as the first step toward moralization.


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