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Ohio bishop: Pope didn’t change Catholic teaching on condoms

December 14, 2010

Bishop George Murry, the Jesuit bishop of Youngstown, emphasized in a recent diocesan newspaper column that “Pope Benedict neither proposed any change to the teaching of the Church on the immorality of the use of contraceptives, nor does he justify condom use, or characterize their use as a lesser evil. He is, in fact, very clear in the interview that condoms are not either a real or moral solution to the AIDS crisis.”

“Pope Benedict was not justifying condom use for male prostitutes or for anyone else,” the bishop continued. “Rather he was reflecting on the dawning light of human conscience in a person who lives a sinful lifestyle. In the Pope’s example, even someone whose life is so darkened by sin still has a hope for conversion by reflecting on his actions according to the true inner voice of conscience.”


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